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Sahar Amer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617756

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617756.001.0001

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Veiling in Western Europe Today

Veiling in Western Europe Today

(p.94) Chapter Five Veiling in Western Europe Today
What Is Veiling?

Sahar Amer

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on veiling in contemporary western Europe, with particular reference to debates among policymakers on how and whether to legislate veiling. It examines the expanding laws in Europe on Muslim women's dress, their implications for Muslims living in European societies today, and why veiling matters so much to European countries despite the fact that only a small number of people wear the hijab or niqab. It also considers the debates and legislation on the Islamic veil in Europe in relation to social, economic, and political issues. The chapter uses France as a case study to assess what is happening in western Europe today with regards to veiling, highlighting issues such as headscarves and women's rights.

Keywords:   veiling, western Europe, Muslim women, Muslims, hijab, niqab, legislation, France, women's rights, headscarves

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