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Understanding the Islamic Veiling Controversy

ISBN13: 9780415565509
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Understanding the Islamic Veiling Controversy provides a sophisticated analysis of relevant legislation and case law in order to examine the assumptions and limits of the debates surrounding the issue of Islamic veiling.

For some, Islamic veiling indicates a lack of autonomy, the oppression of women and the threat of Islamic radicalism to western secular values; for others, it suggests a positive autonomous choice and a legitimate exercise of one’s freedom of religion - a much treasured right in democratic societies.

Across seemingly diverse legal and political traditions, however, a set of discursive frameworks - the preoccupation with autonomy and choice; the imperative of gender equality; and a particular secular understanding of religion and religious subjectivity - shape the positions of both proponents and opponents of various restrictions on Islamic veiling.

Rather than take a position on one or the other side of the debate, this book explores and challenges these frameworks. And, in so doing, it brings a consistent and sophisticated theoretical outlook to a comprehensive consideration of Islamic veiling controversies, as they have arisen around the world.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Discrimination Law
1. Introduction
2. Islamic Veiling Restrictions, an Overview
3. Autonomy and Choice
4. Gender Equality
5. Religion and Secularism