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Europe's Great Cover Up!

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

France is now poised to enact legislation making it illegal to wear the burqa (full body covering) and the niqab (face veil). And a growing number of ...

Should the French Veil Ban Concern the West?

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jehan S. Harney

In order for us to win the battle against radical Islam we must not compromise our values as a result of few militant Muslims' manipulation of religion or use of the burqa and niqab as a cover to commit crimes.

Don't Ban the Burqa, Just Shun Its Use

Alex Wilhelm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alex Wilhelm

At the risk of estranging my humanist and feminist friends and readers, I have to stand against the banning of the burqa not just out of respect for liberty, but also for the second reason: it could hurt women more than help them.

Why I Support a Ban on Burqas

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The burqa is not a dress, it's a message, one that clearly communicates the subjugation, the subservience, the crushing and the defeat of women.

Ambassador Discovers Bride Is Bearded, Cross-Eyed Behind Veil

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Arab ambassador in Dubai has had his marriage annulled after discovering that his bride, behind her veil, was bearded and cross-eyed. The couple h...

Man Denied French Citizenship Because Wife Wears Veil

Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Moroccan man has been denied French citizenship because he demanded his French wife wear a full-face Islamic veil, Reuters reports. "It emerged d...

For France Banning The Burqa Is Not The Answer

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

This fuss over what a small minority of Muslim women in France are forced, or in some cases choose to wear is just a fraction of the much larger issue of Muslim integration in Europe.

French Call For Veil Ban In Public Buildings

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — A parliamentary panel will recommend on Tuesday that France ban face-covering Muslim veils in public locations such as hospitals and sch...

Making The Burqa Sexy: A New Frontier In Advertising?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

In a post 9/11 world, the burqa has perhaps become the most prominent representation of the subjugation of Muslim women. It has become an increasingly powerful political tool.

France Moves Closer To Banning Muslim Niqabs And Burqas

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LA VERRIERE, France — The man she married is French, her four children were born in France and she speaks French with only a trace of her native...

Pakistan Fashion Week Defies Taliban

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer KARACHI, Pakistan — Some women strode the catwalk in vicious spiked bracelets and body armor. Others...

Saudi Arabia: Awtan TV Presenters Break New Ground By Wearing Niqab

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Until recently you would never have seen women presenting television programmes dressed from head to toe in the niqab or burqa. But on the Saudi relig...

Sarkozy: Full Veil Not Welcome In France

The Guardian | Lizzy Davies Paris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nicolas Sarkozy last night threw his weight behind moves to ban the full Islamic veil in France, calling for an "unambiguous" parliamentary resolution...

France Will Oppose But Not Ban Burqas

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS (Reuters) - France will issue recommendations against full face veils but not pass a law barring Muslim women from wearing them, a leading backe...

Wailing Over Veiling

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

My personal likes and dislikes do not offer a sufficient raison de'etre to unveil anyone. And neither do yours.

France Tells Women What Not to Wear

LabourList | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There are hundreds of points of action that feminists across Europe would prioritize above banning the burqa, were anyone to actually ask us.

Which Attack On Muslim Wear Is The Most Outlandish? (IMAGES, VOTE)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared earlier this year that the Islamic burqa was a symbol of subservience. In other incidents, two women were ba...

What's Really Underneath the 'Burqini' Controversy?

Freedom House | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freedom House

Verbally attacking women and banning them from public places is not the right path for France to choose. These actions only serve to further isolate Muslim women from society.

Paris Pool Denies Muslim Woman For Wearing Burqini

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Paris swimming pool has refused to allow a young Muslim woman to swim after she tried to enter while wearing a burqini, a full body covering that re...

Middle Eastern-Inspired Fashion Raises Some Eyebrows | Kristin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Even as the great veil debate raged on this month in France - President Nicolas Sarkozy supports a ban on Muslim women wearing them in public- Paris c...

Sarkozy Hiding Behind the Burqa

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

"What does Sarkozy think? Outlawing burqas is going to make these women walk outside in a sundress?" asked one social worker. "They just won't leave home as often. He is sentencing them to prison!"

Afghan Burqa Loses Favor To Chador

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nehmatullah Yusefy's burqa sales have dropped 50 percent since the Taliban were toppled in 2001 and he says he will soon need to start stocking other ...

Burqas: When Religion Trumps Citizenship

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan Z. Shore

Muslim women in burqas are not being "protected"; they are being marginalized.

France Burqa Stance Elicits Al Qaeda Threat

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following an imbroglio in France in late June when President Nicolas Sarkozy declared the burqa to be unwelcome and against French values, al Qaeda is...

Sarkozy's Anti-Burqa Stance Deprives Women of Identity

Berit Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Berit Anderson

Sarkozy is sending the message to the French public that a person cannot simultaneously be a French citizen and a conservative Muslim.