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Muslim women debate France’s face-veil ban

May 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment
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Hebah Ahmed and Mona Eltahawy, both Muslim women, debate France’s decision to ban face veils (niqabs) in public.  As Ahsana suggested, this debate is probably a better one than the shouting match from BBC Newsnight that I showed in class.  Both positions are laid out more clearly here.  (Actually, I will admit I found Ramadan’s style and behavior towards Eltahawy interesting and worthy of discussion in its own right.  Some might feel it departs from his rhetoric about respect for women.)

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  • 1    arielleferrara // May 10, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I found Hebah’s comment about how wearing the niqab is her way to fight the sexualization of women’s bodies very interesting. She chooses to dress this way, and like her I don’t think the government should legislate a dress code. While Mona makes clear she is a feminist, could we say the same for Hebah? I think so based on her final words in this clip.

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