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Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

The Problem With Banning the Burqa

Craig Considine | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Legislating against and criminalizing the burqa is not, as many critics argue, going to achieve gender parity in Western societies. Rather, banning the burqa is going to bully Muslim women into abandoning their cultural traditions, religious obligations, and political expressions.

What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

Janis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Janis Powers

During the taxi ride back to my hotel, I realize that my lunch was not lamb or chicken or almond soup. I was served a big fat plate of sexual discrimination.

How People In Muslim Countries Prefer Women To Dress In Public

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

A visit to any Muslim-majority country will quickly reveal the variations that exist when it comes to appropriate female attire. But what do most resi...

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.

Moving to Saudi Arabia

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Bernard Radfar

My friend Nicholas is telling everyone that before winter he will be moving to Saudi Arabia. The reason: women aren't allowed to drive there. Given ...

No, Hijab Isn't My Halloween Costume

Kirstin S. Dane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kirstin S. Dane

Yes, I can take it off whenever I choose, but the hijab for me is my identity. It is how I present myself to the world and it is a reflection of my belief that I am following a religious tradition. And that's something no costume can ever capture.

New Law Forces Women To Remove Face Veils

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

West Australia passed a new law on Thursday mandating women wearing face-covering veils to remove them if asked by authorities. The law originally...

Lessons From a Harem: An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 12.28.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

An American Bride in Kabul throws down the gauntlet to Western feminists who refuse to condemn these practices. It is a challenge that is at the very least worth hearing.

Is This Denim Burqa Ad Empowering Or Offensive?

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Islamophobic or empowering? Those are among the reactions to a new Diesel jeans ad featuring a heavily tattooed, topless white woman wearing a r...

Gaga, it need not be a bad romance with Muslims

Common Ground News Service | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

by Keziah Ridgeway Philadelphia - After a few appearances in public wearing a see-through burqa (a loose robe that covers the body, face and eyes), i...

Why Is the Burqa a Buzzword?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Farahnaz Zahidi

We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.

WATCH: Muslim Women Have A Bone To Pick With Lady Gaga

Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion

A leaked Lady Gaga song called "Burqa" is causing controversy among the Muslim community for its sexualized lyrics about the body beneath the traditio...

Veiled Hostilities

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Richard J. Rosendall

We can respect religious diversity while disagreeing with particular practices. I criticize the French for prohibiting religious veiling, just as I criticize governments that require it.

Artist Invites You To Try On A Burqa

Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts

Ever wanted to try on a burqa? Now is your chance. According to the LA Times, artist Marie Rim is inviting passersby to experience the controversial c...

Artist Requires Visitors To Wear A Burqa

Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

Most everyone seems to have an opinion on the burqa, a type of garment worn in public by some observant Muslim women. But many who debate the ethics s...

Single in the City: The Niqab and I

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 10.14.2012 | Style
Rym Tina Ghazal

By banning the niqab and burqa we are not really helping anyone. A truly repressed woman has far bigger problems than what she wears on her face.

Headscarves in Istanbul

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Not all headscarves are what they appear to be. They are both more and less than you would expect.

Is It Safe For A Muslim Woman To Wear The Hijab In America?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

What is it like for a Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab in public? Does this particular religious attire render its wearers vulnerable to verbal and physical violence?

Seeing Past the Burqa on International Women's Day

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On International Women's Day, please take a few moments to not just look beyond the burqa, but also to look into the hearts and minds of these special women.

Australian Law Requires Women To Remove Muslim Face Coverings

AP | By ROD McGUIRK | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

CANBERRA, Australia -- Muslim women in Australia's most populous state will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under t...

Fear Factor: The Religious Right's Problem With Women

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What is it about women that the men of deeply conservative religions find so threatening? What runs so deep that it justifies traumatizing an innocent eight-year-old like Naama Margolese in Beit Shemesh?

6 Women Fined Since April For Violating France's Islamic Veil Ban

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | World

PARIS -- France's interior minister says that since a ban on face-covering Islamic veils took effect in April only six women have been convicted and f...

Liberation Through Assimilation: Burqa Ban Comes To Canada

Sonny Singh | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Sonny Singh

This isn't about whether we think wearing burqas or niqabs is a good idea or not. The issue is whether a government should be able to impose its notion of national identity on its citizens