Long Skirts aren’t “secular” enough in France

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I write a lot about France and its national psychosis over headscarves. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the 2004 law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols. I lived there as a hijabi for almost five years. So it is safe to say nothing really involving France and headscarves shocks me any more. Until recently.One of the typical elements of the headscarf ban in schools is that women can’t wear headbands greater than a certain width, or caps, or hats, you know, because it might be t … [Read more...]

The Media and the Headscarf: Kosovo Public Schools Edition (not the final episode)

Women in Kosovo protesting against hijab bans in schools. Image via Al Arabiya.

This post was written by guest contributor Asifa Akbar.In the last couple of weeks, reports have surfaced about Kosovo’s supposed ban on the wearing of the headscarf (hijab) by Muslim girls in its public schools. Such reports were reposted on social media and influential blogs; for example, already over 900 people have recommended an online Al Jazeera report entitled “Kosovo orders ban on headscarves in schools.”The latest reports centre on the case of student Njomza Jashari, who was rece … [Read more...]


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