Hijab Sparks Controversy in Germany, France, Turkey

September 26, 2003

Source: BBC News


On September 26, 2003 the BBC News ran a story on the controversy over the hijab in various countries: "Few pieces of headwear prompt such controversy. A number of European countries are currently struggling with the dilemmas posed by the Muslim headscarf, which throws up a variety of difficult issues relating to tolerance and equality." The story was prompted by the decision by Germany's highest court to allow teacher Fereshta Ludin to wear her headscarf in the classroom. The article gave the details of Ludin's case and the controversy in Germany, as well as similar controversies over the hijab in France and Turkey.