Banning the Burqa: Why Germans Get Worked Up About Ladies in Veils

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

But spotting a fully veiled woman at the local IKEA store or the main train station elsewhere in Germany can really get people angry. There's more than one reason as to why burqas, niqabs, hijabs and chadors and the like enrage the regular Joe, or Fritz.

The Hijab: More Than Just a Piece of Cloth

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The hijab worn by Muslim women is still regarded by many as a problematic ideological symbol; thereby making many women vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, and violence. Islamophobia that is spreading in some parts of the world should be scrapped because, as a religion, Islam is the same as other dominant religions in the world; namely, one that respects differences. Would it not be boring if everyone was uniform in their beliefs?

James O'Brien Says Veiled Muslims Are 'Medieval Misogynist's Wet Dream'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

James O'Brien had a fiery showdown with a caller on his LBC show on Tuesday during a debate over whether full-face veils are oppressive or empowering ...

My Hair Is Pink Under This Veil

Rabina Khan | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

A long time ago, my father taught me that there is one identity that surpasses all others - the human identity. Both, in terms of us as individuals, and in terms of how we relate to one another as one people. If there is to be any leading British value, it should be the freedom to express that identity in the way we choose.

PICTURES: Iranian Women Enjoy 'Stealthy' Freedoms By Removing The Hijab In Facebook Group

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK

Iranian women are posting photos of themselves without the hijab on a new Facebook page launched to share “stealthy” moments of freedom from the v...

Jury Warned Over Veil-Wearing Defendant

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A judge has urged a jury not to be prejudiced by the face that a woman on trial is wearing a full face veil. Rebekah Dawson, who is accused of maki...

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.

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.

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...

Muslim Women Don't Care If You Feel Uncomfortable

Shaheen Sattar | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaheen Sattar

Regardless of whether you think niqab should be banned in society wholeheartedly, or removed from public spheres because it makes you feel uncomfortable and in a compromised condition, banning the niqab for the small minority of women, challenges the very foundations of female autonomy in large.

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.

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...

Muslim Women Wearing the Veil Are NOT Terrorists!

Imran Awan | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

I'm not a religious scholar and indeed I know their are different schools of thought on this very issue. But I'm sorry we have got this whole debate wrong. When I see a Muslim women wearing the veil I don't think 'Oh no she's a Terrorist'. Indeed, I don't sit down thinking she is a national security issue.

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.

#LFW Dominated by the Niqab

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

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 ...

Calls For Nick Clegg To Wear The Veil In Public

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Comedy

A majority of Liberal Democrats support the wearing of the veil in public when it comes to Nick Clegg, a new survey shows. The poll of Lib Dem memb...

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.