Pew Forum Hosts Discussion on International Headscarf Controversies

April 19, 2004

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

On April 19, 2004 The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life sponsored a panel discussion about the controversy over the headscarf in various international settings. The description of the panel is as follows: "In March 2004, France passed into law a prohibition on wearing Muslim headscarves and other 'overt' religious insignia in public schools. The law has caused a storm of controversy within France and beyond on the rule of religion in public life and on the ability of France, as well as the rest of Europe, to integrate its growing Muslim population. This panel brings together French, American and Muslim experts to assess the effect of 'banning the veil' on the relationship between Church and State, Islam and the West, and America and Europe." The transcript is available online at