Women

German State Bans Headscarf for Teachers

April 1, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7175.AP-Germany-Headsca.html

On April 1, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A conservative German state on Thursday became the nation's first to ban Muslim teachers from wearing headscarves in public schools, taking a stand in a debate that has split public and political...

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Kindergarten Teacher Asked to Remove Headscarf

March 30, 2004

Source: Fox23News.com

http://www.fox23news.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=E669B5D6-23AF-40C2-8C60-E4F735C0CFEF

On March 30, 2004 Fox23News.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The debate over headscarves that divided France has reached Italy, with a kindergarten asking a Muslim trainee teacher to remove her headscarf because it might frighten children. The case has made headlines [in Rome] and...

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Seventeen Women Arrested for Wearing Veils

March 27, 2004

Source: News24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1504493,00.html

On March 27, 2004 News24 reported, "At least 17 women have been arrested in southern Somalia's Middle Shabbelle region for ignoring a decree banning women from wearing veils, a spokesperson for the the area's administration said on Saturday...Independent sources in Jowhar, 90km north of the capital Mogadishu, confirmed the arrests. [Mohamed Omar] Habeb banned the...

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Evangelical Church Divided Over Headscarf Ban

March 16, 2004

Source: Lutheran World Information

http://www.wfn.org/2004/03/msg00158.html

On March 16, 2004 Lutheran World Information reported, "There is increasing disagreement within the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) concerning the ban on the wearing of head scarves by Muslim teachers at public schools. EKD Council Chairperson Bishop Dr Wolfgang Huber, Bishops Dr Margot Kdssman (Hanover), Dr Johannes Friedrich (Bavaria), or Dr Gerhard Maier (Wirttemberg), are among those favoring a ban...

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Opinion: Muslims Should Be Consistent in Protesting Oppressive Hijab Laws

March 14, 2004

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000626.php#more

On March 14, 2004 Muslim Wake Up! posted an opinion piece by Tarek Fatah, a founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress and host of the weekly Canadian TV show, The Muslim Chronicle, in which he argues, "Recently, anger against the French proposal [to ban religious symbols in public schools] brought about a hundred Toronto Muslims to the streets. In freezing temperatures, they stood...

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Non-Traditional Head Coverings Provide Alternative for Muslim Women

March 9, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1441_A_1135389_1_A,00.html

On March 9, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "Even as the headscarf row simmers in Germany, a Berlin Muslim has designed colorful alternative headgear that serves the purpose of a traditional hijab but looks like anything but...The search for the neutral, non-radical Islamic headscarf has resulted in a series of nine innovative headscarf models in varying colors and...

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Gather the Women Week in Salem

March 8, 2004

Source: The Statesman Journal

http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=76676

On March 8, 2004 The Statesman Journal reported, "Several events in Salem will mark the second annual Gather the Women week, including talks, music and dance. On Sunday, more than 50 people gathered to kick off the week with presentations from activists, business owners and religious leaders. The local events are a few of the hundreds unfolding around the world this week to honor the...

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Rift Between Muslims and Non-Muslims Widens

March 7, 2004

Source: Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.muslims07mar07,0,3804862.story?coll=bal-news-nation

On March 7, 2004 the Baltimore Sun reported, "As one way to protect itself against religious extremism, the French government is clamping down on religious symbolism. This month the French parliament approved a ban on head scarves in public schools; its passage into law is expected this spring....

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In Missouri, Women Discuss Their Roles in Different Faiths

March 4, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/8098317.htm

On March 4, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Some consider discussing religion taboo in the company of strangers. But nearly 400 women of all faiths got together Wednesday at the Overland Park Marriott for a forum to address religious differences and similarities. The forum, 'Defining Women's Roles ...Three Traditions' allowed three female panelists — one...

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Interview With Muslim Intellectual Asma Barlas

March 3, 2004

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000585.php#more

On March 3, 2004 Muslim Wake Up! published an interview with Asma Barlas, "one of the leading academics in the United States studying Islam, examining progressive and non-patriarchal readings of the Qur’an and the West’s interaction with the Muslim world. " In her interview, Barlas describes her views on feminism and Islam, her opinions on the relationship between ignorance...

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French Senate Approves Ban of Religious Symbols

March 3, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3531151.stm

On March 3, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The upper house of the French parliament has approved a bill banning Islamic headscarves and other religious symbols in state schools. The proposal was approved with 276 votes in favour and 20 against. President Jacques Chirac has 15 days to sign into law the bill - passed by the lower house last month. Most of France's political parties, and around 70% of the population,...

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Teacher Who Asked Student to Remove Headscarf Resigns

February 28, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scarf28feb28,1,6594938.story

On February 28, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "an Antelope Valley College instructor under fire for ordering a 19-year-old Muslim student to remove her head scarf in his class resigned Friday, school officials said. Robert Daniel, an engineer who taught part time since 2002, resigned before the Lancaster school's board of trustees could decide...

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Human Rights Watch: French Law Violates Religious Freedom, Discriminatory Toward Muslims

February 27, 2004

Source: Human Rights Watch

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/02/26/france7666.htm

On February 27, 2004 Human Rights Watch issued a press release that stated, "The proposed French law banning Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols in state schools would violate the rights to freedom of religion and expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, which forbids 'signs and dress that conspicuously show the religious affiliation of students,' will be debated...

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