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.

 

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