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Headscarf Controversy an International Phenomenon

February 10, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3476163.stm

On February 10, 2004 the BBC News ran a feature on "headscarves in the headlines" across the globe, including an interactive map where visitors to their website can click on a country and learn that country's policy and practice toward Muslim headscarves in public spaces. Countries highlighted are France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Secularizing Legislation May Extend to Hospitals, Other Public Institutions

February 6, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,11882,1142313,00.html

On February 6, 2004 The Guardian reported, "As France's national assembly neared the end of a four-day debate on a ban on religious emblems in state schools, the prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, said 'similar legislation' was planned to stop hospital patients refusing to be treated by male doctors...Health administrators have reported cases of Muslim husbands who would...

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Ban of Religious Symbols Seen as Targeting Islam

February 5, 2004

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/World/europe/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2404691

On February 5, 2004 The Economist ran an in-depth article on the integration of the growing Muslim population in France to French secular society, spurred by the controversy over the proposed law banning religious symbols in public schools. The article reported, "Outside France the headscarf ban has caused bafflement and indignation, and not only in the Arab...

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Education Minister: No Plans to Ban Headscarf from Schools

February 5, 2004

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=724308

On February 5, 2004 Aftenposten reported, "Education Minister Kristin Clemet said during question time in parliament on Wednesday that she had no plans to ban the hijab - the head scarf worn by Muslim women that has recently become increasingly associated with Islamism. The Progress Party's parliamentary group agreed Wednesday to propose banning the hijab and...

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Secularists Protest Proposed Ban of Religious Symbols

February 5, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/05/article07.shtml

On February 5, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Scores of French secular activists thronged to the outside of National Assembly on Wednesday, February 4, in protest at the lower house's intention to ban hijab and other religious insignia in the rigidly-secular country. The demonstrators shouted slogans against the ban, saying the move would be discriminatory as...

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Update: Teacher Transferred After Yanking Student's Headscarf

February 5, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayne

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1075966342243360.xml

On February 5, 2004 The Times-Picayne reported that "Maryam Motar attends school in the United States, not France, where the government is considering a law that would forbid her to wear the head scarf required by her religion.

The West Jefferson High School sophomore's attire still made her a target for ridicule, though, and according to...

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Leader of German Christian Democrat Party Backs French Ban of Religious Symbols

February 4, 2004

Source: EUpolitix.com

http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200402/337ee4a1-bd98-46d9-b0a9-f107bdc0 1209.htm

On February 4, 2004 EUpolitix.com reported, "Muslim headscarves should be banned in schools, the leader of the European Parliament’s largest political group has told EUpolitix.com. Entering the fray of the controversial debate over the freedom to wear Muslim veils in public institutions, German Christian Democrat MEP Hans-Gert...

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Teacher Suspended Over Headscarf Incident

February 3, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1075847651258200.xml

On February 3, 2004 The Associated Press reported that "a teacher at a suburban high school was removed from his classroom because of accusations that he yanked off a Muslim student's head scarf and allegedly told her, 'I hope God punishes you.'

West Jefferson High School principal Lale Geer confirmed Tuesday that...

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Opposition to Ban of Religious Symbols a Minority Position

February 1, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1136434,00.html

On February 1, 2004 The Guardian ran a story from The Observer on the division in France over the headscarf ban: "[Jamila] Farouk, a 30-year-old office assistant, believes the law banning 'ostensive' signs of religious affiliation in schools - which is likely to be passed with cross-party support by the French parliament this week - is a deliberate...

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Muslim Women and the Media

February 1, 2004

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7844272.htm

On February 1, 2004 The Philadelphia Enquirer published an editorial by Laila Al-Marayati on the portrayal of Muslim women in the media. She writes, "The struggle for freedom, democracy, and human rights in the Muslim world has long predated this administration's campaign for a 'tidal wave' of reform. Activists are struggling to enlighten others, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, about alternative...

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Ombud Group Convinces Store to Rehire Woman Fired for Wearing Hijab

January 30, 2004

Source: TV2

http://pub.tv2.no/nettavisen/english/article179797.ece

On January 30, 2004 TV2 reported, "The Norwegian furniture store A-møbler, that fired a Muslim woman because she refused to take off her traditional headscarf, has overturned its decision, and she got her job back. 25-year-old Ambreen Pervez will be back at work at the furniture store February 14, wearing her traditional hijab. The decision maybe considered a timely one due to current movements in...

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Muslim Student Told to Remove Headscarf in Johannesburg School

January 23, 2004

Source: News24.com

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1473729,00.html

On January 23, 2004 News24.com reported, "A Johannesburg school has briefly barred a Muslim pupil from wearing a headscarf - a non-issue in other schools - but its governing body is set to review the matter, press reports said on Friday. Thirteen-year-old Lamiah Khan was told by the principal of her new school in Johannesburg to remove the scarf as it was...

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