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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.

Unveiled: Three Former Muslim Women Look Back on the Hijab

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Marwa Berro was raised as a Lebanese Muslim. She now lives in the United States. Recently, from my vantage as a feminist and former Christian fundamen...

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...

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

Pakistan's Islam: The Flaying of a Muslim Wife

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Today, the resurrection of violent punishments defines much of Muslim culture in both Diaspora and Muslim majority communities. This revivalist extremism is a deliberate, modern product of 20th century Islamists.

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.

Fully Veiled TV

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion

CAIRO — The only visible female face in the Cairo-based studio of a new Islamic TV channel for women is that of a puppet. The human stars are al...

The Evolution of an Anti-Islamist Muslim

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

As a Muslim it is very simple to argue theologically against the Islamists. Islam is nothing if not justice. Any injustice committed or pursued in the name of Islam is anathema to the believing Muslim and counter to the ideal which is Islam.

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?

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...

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

Does The French Law Forbidding Full-Face Veils Cover Up the Real Problem?

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 01.18.2012 | Women
Nancy Graham Holm

What we need are public policies and personal practices that bridge gaps instead of creating them.

The Next Country To Ban The Burqa?

AP | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion

ROME -- An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The dr...

Controversial Law Would Make Muslim Women Remove Veils

AP | By ROD McGUIRK | Posted 09.09.2011 | World

CANBERRA, Australia -- Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new ...

Muslims Gain Freedom In Middle East, Lose It In Europe

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 07.07.2011 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has approved a law that "benefits" more or less 2,000 burqa-clad women, who were subjected to patriarchal oppression. Much to my surprise, the law is being rigidly enforced.

Judging A (Holy) Book By Its Cover: Personal Appearance and Faith

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

While the Quran does not directly link piety with having a beard, many Muslim communities have developed a vague expectation that pious or devout Muslim men ought to have beards.

Demystifying the Burqa

Harris Zafar | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Harris Zafar

All eyes are on France this week, as their ban of Islamic veils went into effect on Monday. Extremists on opposite sides of this debate have engaged in a virtual tug-of-war, and Muslim women are the rope.

First Woman Ticketed For Violating French Burqa Ban

AP | By ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 06.12.2011 | World

PARIS -- A woman has been ticketed in a suburban Paris shopping center for wearing a face veil, in the first reported sanction under a new ban on the ...

Two Women Detained As France's Islamic Veiling Ban Kicks In

AP | By CAMILLE RUSTICI | Posted 06.11.2011 | World

PARIS -- France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dam...

Muslim Women Face Choices As France's Veil Ban Looms

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion

TRAPPES, France — Karima has a plan. If police stop her for wearing a veil over her face, she'll remove it – then put it back on once they...

Know Your Veils: A Guide To Middle Eastern Head Coverings (PHOTOS)

Anne Sobel | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion
Anne Sobel

Next time you are having dinner with a Bahraini dignitary, don't embarrass yourself by confusing the Queen's abaya with a burqa.

WATCH: Powerful Afghan Show Lets Muslim Women Speak Against Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new Afghan television program is hoping to provide a forum for local women to speak out against widespread abuse, rape and other issues, CNN is repo...

Woman Charged For ATTACKING Veiled Woman In France

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — A Paris court handed a French retiree a one-month suspended sentence Thursday for attacking a Middle Eastern woman who was wearing a fac...

What Not To Wear: Dictating Islamic Fashion In France

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

The burqa ban is really less about preserving women's freedom and more about the underlying discomfort that many in France have over the growth of Islam and the increasing assertion of Muslim identity in the public sphere.

Why Single Out Muslim Women?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

We are all too ready to conflate religious fundamentalism with terrorism where Muslims are concerned, though we don't do so nearly as much when it comes to other faiths.