Saliha (left) and Alexia in 2012. Alexia no longer wears the veil.
Agnès De Feo
A number of women who once wore and defended the full Islamic veil known as the niqab later chose to renounce it. Here two of them tell their stories.
The ‘girl from Enghelab Street’, recorded holding her hijab aloft in protest in December 2017.
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Protests against mandatory hijabs have a clear goal, and if successful, would be a victory for Iranian civil society.
Wearing a headscarf to work may become harder in some professions.
After Brexit, the UK could become a more attractive place for Muslim women than the rest of the EU.
Indian Muslim woman Shagufta Sayyd prays in Mumbai, India.
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Muslims from the Salafist tradition can often be seen as ‘radical.’ There is not much understanding of Salafism, its history and its diversity. Here’s what it means to be a Salafist.
The veil has long been a form of resistance.
Germany’s ban on teachers wearing the veil has been in and out of the courts for over a decade.
Banning teachers from wearing the veil at school is incompatible with the German constitution.
Politicians and parties on Australia’s political fringe would ban the burqa - except, apparently, when it is worn for the purposes of their political campaigns.
The burqa and niqab are often viewed as symbols of extremism. In the wake of the rise of Islamic State, it is unsurprising, therefore, that in recent days a number of Australian politicians have called…