Monday, September 16, 2013

The Niqab Debate in Britain

The debate over the veil has become a big topic in Britain. First, a judge ordered a Muslim woman testifying in court to remove her head covering or niqab while testifying. Now, Home Office minister Jeremy Browne calls for debate on whether young Muslim girls, under 18, should be allowed to wear a full head covering in public places.

Do you agree with the minister?  Read the story in the Guardian here and this one from the New York Times.
The Guardian has another interesting story in which the author argues that "the veil is a perfectly proper subject for debate in a liberal democracy – so long as Muslim women are not excluded."

It might be interesting for religion students to compare how different countries deal with this issue.

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