Headscarf Hysteria

Turin City Hall. Fall 2011.

Few items of clothing are as controversial as the Islamic headscarf. Making sense of it is exceedingly difficult, particularly in France, where the hijab is seen as a sign of sexism, and a violation of the country’s secular social code.

In the second part of a series on European multiculturalism for Brussels’ Equal Times (where I’m a contributor) I take on the subject. A secularist myself, I nonetheless find fault with the headscarf’s critics, contending that their discomfort is a cover for racism.

My previous article, the first in the series, is Hunting Nazis in Palestinian Berlin.

 

Photograph courtesy of the author

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