Niqab

Failure of the French Veil Ban

Robin Jones | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Jones

Montreuil is to witness an area forming a modern and distinctive French identity, an area of low-to-middle incomes, of diverse cultures, and of conspicuous political organisation. It is also home to a growing Muslim community, owing in part to its significant Malian population. It is to areas such as Montreuil that the French ban on the face veil, introduced in April 2011, has directed itself most vigorously...

Most Muslims Don't Like Women To Dress Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The burqa has little to no support in any Muslim country, with the vast majority believing women should only cover their hair and not their faces, a n...

The Hip-and-Happening Online Disagreement About the #Mipsterz Video

Nabila Pathan | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nabila Pathan

In trying to figure out whether the women depicted in the video are cool or whether cool is degrading/objectifying the Muslim female identity, we're clearly in a spin this week.

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.

'I Don't Think They Understand Just How It All Feels' - Understanding Experiences of Anti-Muslim Hate on British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Instead of talking about or for Muslim women, our research puts the voices of Muslim women front and centre: to give voice to their silent and overlooked stories of discrimination, bigotry and hate, stories that for many are far too real aspects of their everyday lives. More real that is than the newspaper headlines asking whether to ban or not ban the 'burqa'.

Jessica Elgot

Women Most Likely To Be Targets Of Islamophobia

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

Muslim women are more likely to be targets for Islamophobia than men, with 80% targeted for wearing the hijab, a new study has found The University...

The Media Obsession With the Terror Suspect Wearing a Burka

Imran Awan | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
Imran Awan

The news that a terror suspect, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, had slipped past surveillance because he was wearing a burka has continued to make headline news. The media clearly has a love-hate relationship with the burka which some people would argue is based more on hate and is evident in the manner in which this story was reported.

PICS: Ken Clarke's 10 Peculiar 21st Century Costumes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Speaking about Muslim women giving evidence in court, Ken Clarke said that the veil is "a kind of bag" and "a most peculiar costume for people to adop...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Sixty Two Billion Reasons To Stay In The EU

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 4 November 2013... 1) SIXTY TWO BILLION REASONS TO STAY IN THE EU Is the pro-EU campaign in the UK do...

Ken Clarke: Women In Face Veil Wearing 'A Kind Of Bag'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK

Former justice secretary Ken Clarke has said Muslim women giving evidence in court should not be able to wear the face veil in court because it is alm...

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...

Teaching Burquared Students

Sandi Mann | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sandi Mann

As a white University Lecturer, I must admit that when Burquared students first started appearing in the lecture theatre, I was alarmed. How, I wondered, could I teach students whose faces were not visible?... A couple years on, I can now safely say that you get used to students whose faces are obscured.

Suppression in the Name of Alleviating 'Oppression'

Farida Ahmed | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

The right to autonomy, self-determination, freedom, liberty, call it what one may, is a core component of a democracy - democracy resembling a house of cards; take a fundamental piece out and the whole structure will eventually collapse in on itself...

Would A Judge Be Happy Being Addressed By A Barrister In A Face Veil?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

Would a judge be happy being addressed by a barrister wearing a face veil? It’s a tough question, and one the UK’s most senior judge opted not to ...

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...

Are There Genuine Fair Trial Concerns With Face Veils in Court?

Sajid Suleman | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Sajid Suleman

The disproportionate amount of attention this has received, at the neglect of other far more pressing concerns about justice, health and education, indicates that many of those stoking the debate have ulterior motives.

Can We Rise Above the Veil of Misinformation About Muslims?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

I agree with our senior politicians that it is a professional issue: it should be a woman's choice and it is un-British to think of banning this in public.

Ten Things We Ought to Be Saying About the Niqab

Julian Bond | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Julian Bond

Unless people are committing a crime or outraging public decency they can wear what they like. Other than that, no-one should be telling people what to wear. Difficulties arise when there are no precise rulings or new situations arise...

Blanket Ban of Niqab Not Necessary

Nehad Ismail | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I am definitely against the niqab for a variety of reasons: Many people see it as a visual proof of subordination of females. People in the United Kingdom see it as a rejection of British culture and refusal to integrate. One is tempted to ask why they don't choose to live in an Islamic country and enjoy their Hijabs and Niqabs unhindered and unnoticed.

Muslim Veil NHS Debate Goes Wider than Religious Freedom

Alex Rickets | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

In recent days the niqab - a facial veil worn by some Muslim women - has once again become the subject of intense media attention. The latest reincarnation of this issue began several weeks ago when a Muslim defendant refused to remove the headwear standing trial at Blackfriars Crown Court...

You Don't Like the Niqab? Get Over It

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Give me one good reason why a woman shouldn't be allowed to cover her face in public if that's what she wants to do. You don't object to her covering her buttocks, do you, or her breasts? Do you find it offensive if a woman wears sunglasses? And anyway, what's it got to do with you?

From Miley Cyrus to Banning Veils: The Problem Men Have With Women and Their Bodies

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Just a few weeks after the public outcry about Miley Cyrus 'twerking' in a 'nude' bikini at the MTV Video Awards the last two weeks have seen a similar public outcry gaining apace about the wearing - or more precisely the banning - of the face veil worn by Muslim women... In both settings it is interesting how gender has been played out, in particular the role of men within them.

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.

Ban on Muslim Veil: Disrespecting Freedom of Choice

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne's call for a national debate into banning the veil is yet another show of religious intolerance and disrespect for freedom of choice. Taking away the right for a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the face veil on her own accord is not giving anyone the freedom to choose how they practice their faith.