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Elver, Hilal
The headscarf controversy : secularism and freedom of religion / Hilal Elver
New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
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 3rd Floor  BP190.5.H44 E48 2012    AVAILABLE
 SOE Curriuclum Lab, Rm 267  CL 297.576 ELV    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Hijab (Islamic clothing)
Veils -- Social aspects
Islam and secularism
Physical Description xiii, 265 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : point of departure -- Turkey. The nature of the headscarf controversy in Turkey : popular discourse -- Understanding a complex history -- The role of the European Court of Human Rights -- Europe and the United States. Anti-Islamic discourses in Europe -- France -- Germany -- The United States : from melting pot to Islamophobia -- Conclusion
Summary "Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves. Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of pious Muslim women from the public sphere in the name of secularism, democracy, liberalism, and women's rights. After evaluating political actions and court decisions from the national level of individual governments to the international sphere of the European Court of Human Rights, Elver concludes that judges and legislators are increasingly influenced by social pressures concerning immigration and multiculturalism, and by issues such as Islamophobia, the 'war on terror,' and security concerns. She shows how these influences have resulted in a failure on the part of many Western governments to recognize and protect essential individual freedoms. Employing a critical legal theory perspective to the headscarf controversy, Elver argues that law can be used to change underlying social conditions shaping the role of religion, and also the position of women in modern society. The Headscarf Controversy demonstrates how changes in law across nations can be used to restore state commitments to human rights"--Provided by publisher
Series SOE Curriculum Lab
Religion and global politics

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