Full veil, burqa, niqab, hijab… a challenge to ‘European’ values?

Full veil, burqa, niqab, hijab… a challenge to ‘European’ values?


The recent adoption of a law banning the burqa (1) in the public square in France is posing the problem of the intersectionality of religious freedom, cultural rights and women’s rights, one of the most complex human rights issues in today’s global world.

The religious, sacred and cultural are sometimes so intimately interwoven that it is difficult to differentiate between them. Societies dominated by men and by the rule of religion have adopted a number of practices which are no...


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