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Is France Right to Ban the Burkini?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Image courtesy of Splashgear LLC. In late July, the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, banned the burkini on public beaches, calling them "the uniform ...

9 European Countries Where Burqas, Niqabs And Burkinis Are Controversial

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2016 | Religion

Restrictions on face and full-body veils are back in the spotlight in parts of Europe after some French cities banned the burkini swimsuit, saying the...

Banning The Burqa Would Alienate Muslims And Fragment German Society

Ruprecht Polenz | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Ruprecht Polenz

Anyone who pushes for a ban on burqas must, as a responsible politician, also consider the possible consequences. We're not merely dealing with a piece of clothing; we're dealing with the unity of our entire society.

Daily Caller's, Republican Religious Freedom Hypocrisy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Trump-era conservatives are only interested in propping up their religious beliefs without regard for how they impact others' lives. They have no concern for the rights of all citizens. They are not leading an intellectual movement, but rather a movement for their ethno religious politics.

Whenever I Call You Friend

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Photograph by Mariam Magsi Sunday morning in Harlem, 2016, and on the radio plays Whenever I Call You 'Friend' the duet sung by Kenny Loggins and Ste...

Aren't You Afraid to Live in Afghanistan? And Other Questions I'm Asked

Mina Sharif | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Mina Sharif

I have been living in Afghanistan for ten years. We've just had a week of multiple major attacks in our capital city Kabul. For me, I went through a bit of a routine, as I do when these awful things happen.

Male Suicide Bomber In Burqa Disguise Kills 15 In Chad's Capital

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2015 | World

By Madjiasra Nako and Moumine Ngarmbassa N'DJAMENA, July 11 (Reuters) - A man dressed in a woman's burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad...

In Depth: Behind the Veil of the Middle East -- What Life Is Like for Women There

Paula Froelich | Posted 05.02.2015 | Women
Paula Froelich

You've seen women in burqas, niqabs, and abayas on the news -- but how many do you actually know? And what is it like to wear one all the time?

Banning Burqas and Niqabs in Europe: The Politics of Full-Face Veiling

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Nancy Graham Holm

Progressive Muslims of both genders oppose a ban but most agree that it is a women's issue that relates to empowerment and agency.

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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...