Published on 11th July 2016 by

Hidden Veils (2010): Long before France decided the veil was an affront to women, Islamic women in Turkey were fighting for the right to wear headscarves.

For similar stories, see:
Was France Right to Ban the Burqa? (2010)

Istanbul Is a City Divided by Class and Religion

These Turkish Dancers Are Whirling Up a Religious Controversy

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Women’s Islamic clothing has come to international attention after calls to ‘Ban the Burqa’ made headlines across Europe. Yet in the Islamic world, the debate has been raging for centuries.

“We will go to university with our headscarf on!” Turkish students protest at the country’s strict ban on all coverings. Some hide their headscarf under a wig, just to get through the school gates. But those unwilling to compromise face the agonising choice to abandon education altogether: “I just don’t know if I made the right decision”. – Ref. 4878

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