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This tag is used as a generic term for all version of the Islamic veil. Sharia Watch recognises there are different styles of this head covering but they are not significant in terms of their effect nor widely recognised by the public at large.

  • Country: 
    Algeria
    News Date: 
    19/10/2018
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    Decision may anger country's Salafist minority.  leader has banned women working in the country’s public sector from wearing full-face veils, also known as niqabs. In a letter sent to ministers and regional governors on Thursday, the country’s prime minister said the need for identification had prompted the move. Civil servants, he wrote, needed to “observe the rules and requirements of security and communicatio

  • Country: 
    Switzerland
    News Date: 
    23/09/2018
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    In a vote on Sunday, citizens in Switzerland’s St. Gallen region voted to ban all face-covering garment in public. A two-thirds majority (67%) of the electorate of this ban. The St. Gallen region is now the second region in Switzerland to choose a ban on face-covering garments in an effort to crack down on burqas.

  • Summary: 
    • "As a Muslim woman, I'd like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab" — Title of an article by Dr. Qanta Ahmed in The Spectator.

    • "[T]his is a point that we Muslims seem to be unable to get across to non-Muslims – there is no basis in Islam for the niqab.... That's why Muslim nations are themselves regulating and banning the niqab and burqa..." — Dr. Qanta Ahmed, The Conversation, January 2017.

    • Some observers feel that it is especially painful to see Western feminists marching and wearing black face masks in order to protect Muslim women's right to wear them, but failing to support the rights of other Muslim women who plead not to be forced into them.

    • We are expected to feel guilty if we dare to question what some Muslim women themselves question: if shariah law is really the most wholesome lifestyle for many women.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/08/2018
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    Establishment ‘conservatives’ and left-liberal politicians and journalists have rushed to condemn Brexiteer former foreign secretary Boris Johnson for his comments on the “ridiculous” burqa, branding him “Islamophobic” and even “racist” — but have not shied away from criticising the garment themselves in the past.
  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/08/2018
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    The Oxford imam who defended Boris Johnson this week has a warning for liberals. Taj Hargey, the Oxford imam and scholar who robustly defended Boris Johnson in this week, has a habit of asking vivid questions and then answering them himself with a punchiness that makes the former foreign secretary seem timid and colourless. “Do you think that these Wahhabis, Saudis

  • By a margin of more than two to one, the public wants to ban people from wearing the burka

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    "Exactly what choice does an 11-year-old girl have when her designated school uniform is a magician's black cloth that conceals her from the world and never brings her back?"

    This was the question posed by Allison Pearson in her article '' in the Telegraph last year. She was referring to an East Midlands school in which, from the age of 11, young girls are obliged to cover themselves entirely – including their face – with the Islamic niqab.

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    A truly bizarre thing happened yesterday: Boris Johnson was branded an Islamophobe and a bigot for writing in defence of Muslim women who wear the niqab....He’s been slammed everywhere as a racist, a borderline fascist, a poundshop Mussolini who if he ever gets to No10 will declare war on Muslims and other minorities. What is the basis to these shrill and wilful misinterpretations of what he said? Because alongside defending women’s freedom to wear the niqab and burqa, he expressed distaste for these garments. And, as we now know, you’re not allowed to say anything even remotely critical about Islam or its practices these days.

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    The rash reaction to Boris’s comments, the depiction of him as a hard-right tyrant, confirms that it is now tantamount to thoughtcrime to say anything critical about Islam. To make any kind of moral judgement about Islamic practices, to question its beliefs or its prophets or its garments, is to run the risk of being branded an ‘Islamophobe’, a racist, a fascist.

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    Prior to the Olympics however, you may recall that Saudi Arabia got itself into bother by attempting to send an all-male team. The International Olympic Committee (which governs such things) said they weren't having that, and demanded that Saudi Arabia send some women. So it did. Sarah Attar — an American of Saudi descent — came for track-and-field, and 16 year old Wojdan Shaherkan was sent to represent the country in Judo. And all was well with the world again. Except, the women representing Saudi Arabia would do so covered from head to toe and Wojdan Shaherkan was close to being sent home in a row over whether or not she could wear the hijab while competing. Having initially said no, the Olympic bosses gave in and allowed her to cover her head. And all was well with the world again. Everywhere from the Guardian to the Daily Mail this was lauded as a huge success – a giant step forward for women. Progress had been made, they said. But had it? Or had we just normalised and accepted the separation and covering of women, and can we now expect more of the same in the future? Will Egypt's women, or Algeria's women, or Turkey's women now be required to cover from head to foot and if so, will we accept that as duly as we have done on this occasion? My question is – how much further to the edge will we allow women to be pushed?

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    As part of a defence to the backlash against multiculturalism that allows young women and girls in the UK to live a life of misery, Barbara Ellen asked the following question in the Guardian: "" Do you see what she did there? Not only did she declare that race is something to be tolerated (why? There's nothing to tolerate in a person's skin colour), she used race and culture interchangeably. Therefore, if you criticise a culture, you are criticising a skin colour, and hence you are a racist – which is not only a morally contemptible position, but also one which can ruin a career, a reputation, or even involve you in criminal charges. And they wonder why people are reluctant to criticise cultural practices.

    We need to get this clear – race is not culture. Race is a skin colour or national or ethnic grouping and it gives no indication whatsoever of who a person is or what they stand for. Culture, on the other hand, is a series of actions which are routinely carried out within any defined community and are usually based on tradition or religion or both. If we define culture as a set of actions, and some of those actions amount to the forced enslavement and rape of young girls, then that can and should be condemned – culture or not. Cultural practices have always been condemned, fought against, and changed. It has happened all across history; it is called progress.

  • Summary: 
    • Denmark becomes the sixth European country to enact such a ban, after France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Austria.

    • "The face is your passport. When you refuse me to see you, I am a victim." — Jacques Myard, a former conservative MP who supported the ban in France.

    • "[S]ome people do not want to be a part of Danish society and want to create parallel societies with their own norms and rules." — Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen.

    The Danish Parliament has passed a ban on Islamic full-face veils in public spaces. The new law, sponsored by Denmark's center-right government, and backed by the Social Democrats and the Danish People's Party, was passed on May 31 by 75 votes to 30.

    As of August 1, anyone found wearing a burka (which covers the entire face) or a niqab (which covers the entire face except for the eyes) in public in Denmark will be subject to a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner (€135; $157); repeat offenders could be fined 10,000 Danish kroner.

    In addition, anyone found to be requiring a person through force or threats to wear garments that cover the face could be fined or face up to two years in prison.

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    Amnesty International  the new law was a "discriminatory violation of women's rights. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), however, twice has ruled that burka bans are legal.

    In July 2017, for example, the ECHR  a Belgian ban on wearing the burka in public spaces. It said that the government had been responding "to a practice that it considered to be incompatible, in Belgian society, with social communication and more generally the establishment of human relations, which were indispensable for life in society...essential to ensure the functioning of a democratic society."

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    31/05/2018
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    Most Brits back a ban on Islamic burqas and niqabs, a survey has found, and a significant portion said Islam, in general, is not compatible with the British way of life. The findings are part of an extensive  by Pew into the views of Christians and non-religious people in Europe, which identified a link between religiosity and opposition to mass immigration and multiculturalism. 

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    31/05/2018
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    Denmark has become the latest European country to ban the Islamic burqa and niqab by outlawing the wearing of face veils in public. A majority of lawmakers voted in favour of the ban as Muslim women wearing conservative religious clothing looked on.

  • Country: 
    France
    News Date: 
    17/04/2018
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    Hundreds of police were deployed after residents rioted and torched cars in Toulouse following a police stop of a woman wearing an illegal full-face Islamic veil. The incident that allegedly sparked the riots took place Sunday after 5 pm when local police stopped a woman in the Toulouse district of Bellefontaine who was wearing a full-face Islamic veil, which is illegal in France. Police asked the woman for identification and when she presented a poor photocopy of her government identification, they ordered her to remove her veil, broadcaster Franceinfo 

  • Refusing The Veil: (Provocations)

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    This topic divides people - and it will divide readers of this book too. Many Muslims worldwide either support or adopt religious veiling, and those who argue against it are often criticised, or worse. But, according to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the veil throws up a number of concerns, from questions of health and freedom of choice to issues of gender and personal identity. She argues that veiling conceals abuse, propagates eating disorders and restricts access to sunlight and exercise. It is imposed on babies and young girls, allows women to be shamed for not covering up, and has become associated with extremist factions. It demonises men, oppresses feminism and presents obstacles to performance and success. It even encourages racism, distorts Muslim values and strips women of autonomy and individuality. Written from a unique perspective and packed with personal experiences as well as public examples, Yasmin addresses the ultimate question of why Muslim women everywhere should refuse the veil. Provocations is a groundbreaking new series of short polemics composed by some of the most intriguing voices in contemporary culture and edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sharp, intelligent and controversial, Provocations provides insightful contributions to the most vital discussions in society today.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    21/02/2018
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    Can she say that? Or will Australia’s smart set forthwith denounce her for “Islamophobia”? “‘I hate the niqab’: Ex-Muslim who runs an atheist blog says she ran away from home after her mother forced her to wear the ‘dehumanising’ face covering,”

  • Country: 
    Sweden
    News Date: 
    19/02/2018
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    Is Sweden diverse enough yet? This story illustrates yet again the fatuousness and hypocrisy of  who preen about how Muslim women who wear the veil must be protected, while never saying a word about the need to protect Muslim women who dare not to wear it.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    08/02/2018
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    An Australian judge has been called “unreasonable” for ordering the Muslim wife of an accused terrorist to remove her niqab and show her face while attending her husband’s trial. She refused the request to remove the traditional Muslim face covering and was subsequently escorted from the building to sit outside while the case was being heard, the Herald Sun 

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    06/02/2018
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    The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places. The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim women.

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    06/10/2017
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    COPENHAGEN: Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab, worn by some Muslim women, after most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings. Full and partial face veils such as burqas and niqabs divide opinion across Europe, setting advocates of religious freedom against secularists and those who argue that such garments are culturally alien or a symbol of the oppression of women.

  • Country: 
    India
    News Date: 
    06/09/2017
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    A Kuwaiti national and three women travelling with him were sent back to Dubai from Delhi airport on Monday, after the man refused to unveil the faces of the women and created a ruckus at the immigration counter.

  • Country: 
    Tajikistan
    News Date: 
    02/09/2017
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    The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to "stick to traditional national clothes and culture".

    Morocco bans sale and production of burqa amid growing terrorism fears

    According to a Times of India report, this decision was taken in order to stop women from wearing Islamic clothing.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    28/08/2017
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    "[The burka] is a sign of segregation, separation, rejection of the values we see all around us — values of acceptance and tolerance and otherness," she said. "[It reflects] a culture that treats woman as a sexualised object that has to be covered.

  • Country: 
    Canada
    News Date: 
    20/08/2017
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    A bill in Quebec that would force people to be unmasked when in receipt of a public service has been amended to include public transport which could see wearers of the Islamic full face veil banned from using local buses. Bill 62 in the Quebec National Assembly would make it impossible for anyone wearing a mask or face covering to offer or receive public services, Canadian public broadcaster CBC . The bill, which was originally

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    I don't think the burka or hijab should be allowed in any British schools, you should leave your religion at the school gates! A row has erupted at a school in  Burnley after plans for a universal "swimming cap" style headscarf was seen as too short by some Muslim parents. I spoke to local councillor Shah Hussain, to find out why parents were getting so worked up, but he didn't seem to want to answer a direct question!

  • Country: 
    Norway
    News Date: 
    12/06/2017
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    The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers. Norway’s ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks. “We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities,” Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement.

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    Anne Marie Waters talks about the need for an open, nuanced debate about the merits of Islam and her campaign, For Britain.

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    Radical Islam’s takeover of the lives of Egypt’s educated women.

    These photos represent the gradual but steady Islamic radicalization invading the Middle East and the rest of the world in the last three decades. I lived in Egypt until the year 1978 and have never wore a head cover, neither did my mother or grandmother. And this is thanks to a feminist movement that started in Cairo in 1919 under the leadership of the famous Egyptian feminist Hoda Shaarawi.

    Shaarawi had attended women’s conferences in Europe and Turkey, which was undergoing major reforms by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who wanted to be more like Europe and less like Muslim Arabia. Upon her return from a trip to Rome in 1923, Shaarawi performed a bold act that became the central symbol of her life: with the support of several upper class Egyptian women, she removed her veil in public, at the crowded Cairo train station.  If such an act of defiance had happened today in Iran or even Egypt, she would be executed by the Iranian government and, as to Egypt, she could be killed by an Islamist on the street for defying or insulting Islam.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/04/2017
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    A MUSLIM group in Oxford has backed controversial proposals from UKIP to ban full face veils in public. Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford director Dr Taj Hargey stressed his organisation did not endorse the party's 'right-wing agenda' but supported the 'sensible proposal' to ban the burka and niqab.

  • Country: 
    Norway
    News Date: 
    29/03/2017
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    A Muslim organisation in Norway has been criticised for hiring a communications officer who wears a full-face veil, or niqab. The culture minister, Muslim MPs and other Muslim organisations have condemned the Islamic Council of Norway's move.

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    I was raised as an observant Muslim in a British family. Women, I was taught, determine their own conduct — including their ‘veiling’. We’d cover our hair only if we freely chose to do so. That’s why I’m baffled by the notion that all good Muslim women should cover their hair or face. My entire family are puzzled by it too, as are millions like us. Not until recent years has the idea taken root that Muslim women are obliged by their faith to wear a veil.

    It’s a sign, I think, not of assertive Islam, but of what happens when Islamists are tolerated by a western culture that’s absurdly anxious to avoid offence. This strange, unwitting collaboration between liberals and extremists has been going on for years. But at last there are signs that it is ending.

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    News Date: 
    20/03/2017
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    Women who are not properly veiled: an outrage, a provocation. Dousing women with acid for being not properly veiled: pleasing to Allah. “Alarming rates of acid attacks in Iran back on the rise,” , March 20, 2017:

  • Summary: 

    Sharia law can vary on application, but common ground is found in the use of severe criminal punishments and the abhorrent treatment of the female half of humanity.  These things are mutual to such otherwise diverse nations as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Sudan.

    Those who seek an Islamic state (i.e. a state governed by sharia law) are known as Islamists, and the power of the Islamist is intensifying, including here in Britain.  In our country, the Islamist gains his political power via his authority in personal and family matters.  Islamists in Britain run a vast network of sharia family law tribunals which hand down rulings on all kinds of issues from domestic violence to child custody.  Many of the men who run these bodies are known Islamists and jihadis.  They believe, as do fellow Islamists across the world, in the destruction of democracy and the installation of sharia, and we are inadvertently assisting them.

    As Tony Blair said recently, there is a strange reluctance to confront the Islamist movement, no matter what form it takes.  Here in Britain, and across the west, not only do we fail to confront it, but we have cloaked it in a veil of legitimacy, sanctioned it, and given it oxygen, partly through our mistaken policy of multiculturalism.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/03/2017
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    Birmingham City Council has told a Catholic school it is free to prohibit the Islamic headscarf after a Muslim councillor  teachers to allow a four-year-old to dress in a hijab.

  • Country: 
    Morocco
    News Date: 
    12/01/2017
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    Morocco has reportedly banned the sale and production of the burka

    Letters announcing the ban were sent out to market vendors earlier this week, with businessmen given just 48 hours to get rid of their stock.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    22/02/2017
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    The German state of Bavaria is to ban the full face veil in schools, universities, polling stations and government workplaces, the regional government has announced. The move, which is being proposed by region’s governing Christian Social Union (CSU), comes just months before the Federal Election, where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis is likely to be a key issue.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    08/02/2017
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    Crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie has introduced legislation banning muslim women from wearing the burqa in public. Senator Lambie insists full face coverings make Australians fearful and the right to feel safe must outweigh the right for expression of religious freedom.

  • Country: 
    Hungary
    News Date: 
    07/02/2017
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    • 'Ultra-right' mayor of Ásotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, banned veils and prayer calls
    • He said the new edict was part of the ongoing 'war against Muslim culture' 
    • He urged European Christians opposed to multiculturalism to live in the village

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  • Country: 
    Morocco
    News Date: 
    10/01/2017
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    Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons

    When the infidels try to ban the veil for security reasons, it is deemed racist, “Islamophobic” and/or xenophobic. Since Morocco is proceeding with a ban, perhaps pusillanimous Western leaders who are petrified of being deemed “Islamophobic” can give themselves permission to impose a burqa ban in the interests of homeland security; after all, is Morocco “Islamophobic”?

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    Why I, as a British Muslim woman, want the burkha banned from our streets

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    Shopping in Harrods last week, I came across a group of women wearing black burkhas, browsing the latest designs in the fashion department.

    The irony of the situation was almost laughable. Here was a group of affluent women window shopping for designs that they would never once be able to wear in public. Yet it's a sight that's becoming more and more commonplace. In hardline Muslim communities right across Britain, the burkha and hijab - the Muslim headscarf - are becoming the norm.

  • This is Why A Survey of the Causes of the Widespread Criticism, Dislike, and Suspicion of Islam in Britain

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    Why Is There Such Widespread Criticism, Dislike, and Suspicion of Islam?

    The answer is simple. Islam is the cause of so many things that puzzle, annoy, or repulse non-Muslims. To demonstrate this point, this survey provides a very large sample of 402 headlines and extracts from news reports concerning Islam and Muslims published by UK media and other English language media (especially in Europe and America) over the last 12 months. It concentrates on social, cultural, religious, and political topics and mostly ignores terrorism and armed conflict in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Islamic State is sometimes covered because it has such a strong Islamic dimension. The Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and the Sun account for 17 percent of the reports. The BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times account for 25 percent, and UK regional newspapers account for 7 percent. An analysis of all the media covered is given at the end of this document. The news reports are listed by month. Each month starts with items directly concerning the UK then has sections for the Western and Muslim worlds

  • Country: 
    Netherlands (the)
    News Date: 
    29/11/2016
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    Dutch MPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burqa from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country. “The law is adopted,” said the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Khadija Arib, referring to legislation which will also ban burqas, and face coverings just with eye-slits, from public transport.

  • Country: 
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    News Date: 
    21/11/2016
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    AFTER making jokes about Muslim women’s clothing, a journalist has been forced to flee the country due to chilling rape and death threats.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/11/2016
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    Women would be barred from wearing burqas and veils while posing for photos on Georgia driver’s licenses under legislation filed for the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

    House Bill 3, filed by state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, would also subject female Muslim garb to the state’s anti-masking statute — which originally was aimed at the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    08/11/2016
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    The popular Sunday political talk show Anne Will has sparked outrage in Germany after an appearance by a known radical Muslim wearing a full-face niqab veil to debate on the radicalisation of young German Muslims.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    20/10/2016
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    An Oxford-based Muslim cleric has called for Britain to ban the burqa, arguing that the wearing of a face veil is not Islamic but the product of a misogynistic culture. He further argues: Since the burqa and niqab are ancient habits and not mentioned in the Koran, it is, therefore, pre-Islamic, not Koranic and ipso facto un-Muslim.” “The niqab is a tradition and has nothing to do with Islam.” Taj Hargey is being less than honest.

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     According to state-run Fars news agency on October 6, the reactionary mullah Alam al-Hoda, Friday prayer leader in Mashhad (northeast Iran) in a meeting with commanders of the police and security forces called for more repression against women and girls and said: “The presence of an unveiled or improper veiled woman on the streets should be viewed in your eyes as enemy’s infantry and as the subject of your (suppressive) operations. You cannot be negligent in dealing with this issue otherwise we will be defeated.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    05/10/2016
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    The Muslim cleric was repeatedly beaten with a shoe when an on-air row over the Islamic veil turned violent. The fight broke out live on Egypt's popular LTC TV during a discussion about the place of the burka in the Islamic world. Sydney imam Mostafa Rashid claimed that the headscarf is a cultural tradition rather than a religious duty.

  • Country: 
    Bulgaria
    News Date: 
    30/09/2016
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    Bulgaria’s parliament approved on Friday legislation outlawing face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

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