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 … [Read more...]

Kosovo’s Athletes at the London Olympics

Majlinda Kelmendi

While there has been much publicity about whether Saudi Arabia will send any female athletes to the London 2012 Olympics (the latest news is that they have allowed women to compete), there is another Muslim-majority country that definitely won't be sending any female athletes. Actually, they won't be sending any male athletes either, because this country does not exist. Or rather, it has only been recognised by 80 countries worldwide, and therefore does not exist in the eyes of the … [Read more...]


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