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Burka Ban: Why Muslim Women Cover Up

Fariha Sikondari | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Fariha Sikondari

Contrary to misconceptions, the vast majority of Muslim women in the West are not being forced by men to cover up. For the very small minority of Muslim women who are forced to cover up a ban only results in further confining these women to their homes.

Human Rights Groups In The UK Are Not Happy About Banning The Burka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK

The French burka ban does not breach human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights has declared - despite outcry from a UK human rights group....

Human Rights Groups In The UK Are Not Happy About Banning The Burka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK

The French burka ban does not breach human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights has declared - despite outcry from a UK human rights group....

Tory Booted Out, After Comparing Burkas To Bin Bags

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics

A Conservative councillor has been given the boot by the Tory Party for mocking burkas in a post on Facebook that compared them to bin liners. The ...

Are Ninjabis the New Punk-Rockers?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

t's interesting to see the rise in male and female journalists indulging in burka cosplay as part of investigative journalism, which brings a new meaning to the term undercover journalism. At the risk of being accused of paralipsis, I don't want to enter the currently framed niqab debates fully - one key reason being that I believe males should tread carefully when commenting on female issues. But I do want to use the niqab to open up discussions that consider a wider phenomenon, which is driving the quest for cultural authenticity.

Burka Escape Scandal Leads Yvette Cooper To Call For Terror Suspects To Be Relocated

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics

Powers to relocate terror suspects to other parts of the country must be revived following the disappearance of an Islamist extremist who escaped surv...

Terror Suspect Who Escaped In Burka Held Twice In Custody Before

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A terror suspect who escaped surveillance by dressing in a burka had previously been twice remanded in custody for allegedly breaching controls impose...

Defending Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is Defending British Justice

Tam Hussein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

A young man walks into a community center, he's a terror suspect and yet he doesn't know why or what the evidence against him is. He has not been allo...

'We Lean Over Far Too Much For Muslims'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

Michael O'Leary has called for the burka to be banned in Britain, warning that the country is "leaning over far too much" for minority religions like ...

For the Sake of Faith, Remove Face Veils

Jonathan Romain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

I am heavily involved in inter-faith dialogue, where one of the pre-conditions is accepting the integrity of other peoples' traditions and not seeking to change them. It therefore feels very uncomfortable to assert that the face veil is a ritual that should have no place in British society today.

Burka Escape Not Facilitated By Mosque, Says Founder

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Val | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

The escape of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed under a burka on Monday was not facilitated by the mosque from which he fled, according to the ins...

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

Sajda Khan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.

Staggering Number Of People Support UK Niqab Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

More than half the British public think that Muslim women SHOULD NOT be allowed to wear the niqab in public. A ComRes opinion poll for Channel 4 found...

She Is Afghanistan's First Street Artist, and She Might Actually Change Our Views

Erik B. Duckert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Erik B. Duckert

Shamsia Hassani: a young woman and the first street artist ever to emerge from the exhausted streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Only 25 years old and teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, her story just might challenge your views on graffiti - and on Afghan women.

Should There Be A Veil Ban In State Institutions?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

The state should back institutions such as schools, courthouses and immigration centres which require individuals to remove face-coverings such as the...

The Burka Paradox

Chris Godfrey | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Godfrey

The status of the Burka's legality has evolved into one of those controversial issues which galvanises the public into the sort of hysterical mob mentality normally reserved for paedophiles and rapists. A recent Yougov poll states that 61% of the British public would agree with the decision to ban the Burka in public spaces.

Should Doctors Be Banned From Wearing The Veil?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

The question of whether doctors and other hospital staff should be able to wear full-face veils has been raised by a Conservative minister. Dan Pou...

Boris: Forcing Girls To Wear Burkas To School Is 'Wrong'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Boris Johnson has said forcing children to wear burkas to school is "completely wrong", as it emerged several schools in the UK are forcing girls as y...

British-born Girls Who Wear the Niqab Aren't That Different to Boys Who Flash Their Underwear

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O'Neill

There's a palpable streak of narcissism among British-born niqab-wearers. In certain Islamic countries, the full face veil has the effect of making women anonymous. In Britain, it has the opposite effect: it makes you stand out from the crowd and turns you into an object of intrigue.

#LFW Dominated by the Niqab

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

We're not always going to understand everything straight away and we don't always need to, celebrate difference and appreciate the fact that it exists in Britain. To live in a tolerant society is not to stamp down but it's to be able to accept those exact things when they're not harming you.

Straw Calls For Laws On Veil In Court

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

Former Home Secretary Jack Straw has called for new laws on the wearing of the veil in court. The Blackburn MP welcomed a ruling by a judge that a ...

Jessica Elgot

What It's Like To Wear The Niqab..

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

Pictures of women wearing the full-face veil were splashed across the front pages of national newspapers on Monday as politicians debated the right of...

An Open Letter to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Like It or Not, Niqab Ban Is Racist

Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj

Dear Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, I feel compelled to write this letter in response to your recent article in the Independent addressing the topic of veiled Muslim women. The fact that such views were given space in the Independent is disappointing enough, but that they were made out as some sort of defence of Islam (the right kind of course, "progressive Islam") is even worse.

Muslim Woman Told To Remove Burka In Court

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

A young Muslim woman in a burka was told by the judge to take off her face veil, as she took to the dock to enter her plea, because someone could impe...

Taliban Take Heed: Pakistan's 'Burka Avenger' Is Fighting For The Right To Education

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Armed with pens and books and draped in a flowing black burka, this is Pakistan's first female superhero. The Burka Avenger is the star of an upco...