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Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

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By Sajda Khan (Twitter: @Sajda__Khan) Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks, there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.  Burka and niqab are two terms which are commonly used to describe a face-veil. The ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part II]

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Part Two [Part One of this debate can be viewed here] Although the pseudo-controversy surrounding the niqāb is at the vanguard of the tabloid agenda, we must ask ourselves why it is that in a liberal democracy, wherein religious freedom of its minorities should be protected, there seems to be an attack on these religious symbols of Muslims; whether it ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part I]

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Part One Once again a 'piece of cloth' (Niqab) has dominated our newspaper headlines and discussions on the internet. On Monday, Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a “national debate” as to whether or not Muslim women should be banned from wearing the niqab, especially in places of public social interaction. His call was echoed by Conservative ... Read More »

Targeting Niqabis: The Canadian Citizenship Niqab Ban

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Given the unpopularity of niqab within our own community, many Muslims may not feel the need to speak out against this act. But know that these are just the building blocks to greater cuts in our religious freedoms; if we stay silent now, then we’re setting ourselves up for disaster. If you don’t speak up for the niqabi’s, no one will speak up for you. Read More »

Jail sentence for French Niqabi

By īmān Khalaf- MM News Correspondent from London A 32-year old mother is set to become the first woman imprisoned by the French government following its introduction of the niqab ban in April.  Hind Ahmas, courageously flying the flag for women's freedom, was first arrested on 11th April in Paris.  She refused to pay the £100 fine and abide by ... Read More »

French businessman ‘to pay all burqa (niqab) fines’

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Rachid Nekkaz has set up a million euro fund to pay fines for women who choose to wear the full Islamic veil in countries, like France, where it is against the law to do so in public. A French businessman has set up a fund to pay fines for women who wear Islamic veils or the burqa in public “in ... Read More »

Strauss-Kahn and the status of French women’s liberté and égalité

For the victim's sake, I am relieved that when the IMF chief decided to (allegedly) sexually assault a woman he was in the United States of America, that is why he was put behind bars at Rikers Island and treated like any alleged criminal would be treated. There are not many countries in the world, especially not France, where a maid in a hotel with $3000 a night rooms, a housekeeper, a muhajjaba, a Muslim and an immigrant from an impoverished country, would have the same rights as a man running for President. Read More »

The Guardian: How Not To Liberate Women

It is clear that many Muslim women in Europe who cover themselves do so out of choice. For those who are coerced, general bans would limit, if not eliminate, their ability to seek advice and support. It may leave them trapped at home, further isolated from society. Read More »

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