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REBUTTAL:Sarkozy is WRONG on the Burqah Issue


By Rafique Ahmed Mangrio

This is in response to Yasser Latif Hamdani’s article “Sarkozi is right! Burqah is Not an Islamic Requirement.”

In the contents of this sentiment, there are two questions as discussed.

  1. Is the Burqah Islamic Requirement?
  2. Does the French Republic right to ban the Burqah?  Continue reading


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BAN THE BURQAH NOW: A Muslim Woman’s Point of View

By Mona Eltahawy

I am a Muslim, I am a feminist and I detest the full-body veil, known as a niqab or burqa. It erases women from society and has nothing to do with Islam but everything to do with the hatred for women at the heart of the extremist ideology that preaches it.
We must not sacrifice women at the altar of political correctness or in the name of fighting a growingly powerful right wing that Muslims face in countries where they live as a minority.

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Niqab/Burqah Not The Issue Between Islam and France

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s recent call for a parliamentary commission to look into whether the burqa should be banned in public has once again raised a contentious issue. Continue reading

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Sarkozy is Right! Burqah is NOT an Islamic Requirement!

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Thank God for Nicholas Sarkozy who said what Muslims should have been saying in the first place:  Burqah is NOT a sign of religion.  It is a sign of subservience. Continue reading


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The Politics of Burqah and Secularism

By Michelle Goldberg

On Monday, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French president since Charles Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte to address the Parliament, thanks to recent reforms that scrapped a 19th-century law meant to protect the independence of the legislature. Given the occasion, it was rather odd that Sarkozy’s strongest words were reserved for denouncing a garment that hardly any women in France wear. The burqa, he said, “is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women.” It is, he added, “not welcome in France.” Headscarves have been banned in French schools since 2004. Now Sarkozy wants to go much further, banning burqas, loose, full-body veils that cover women entirely, as well as niqabs, or face veils, from being worn anywhere in public.
This was partly a rebuke to Obama, who outraged the French with parts of his Cairo speech. When Obama said that he rejects “the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal,” many people in France heard a shot at the country’s republican laïcité, which demands that faith be wholly relegated to the private sphere. “There was a “great outcry and a sense of being gravely insulted,” says Joan Scott, a historian at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and author of the 2007 book The Politics of the Veil. “I think you can’t read Sarkozy’s words as anything but a response to that.”
Perhaps more important than the anger itself was the opportunity it created, giving Sarkozy a chance to reach out to the anti-immigrant French right without offending the left. Continue reading


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