France: The First Country to Pass a Law Banning the Full Face Veil
On April 11th, 2011 France became the first country to pass a law banning any form of a face veil from being worn in public. The law has brought the headscarf to the forefront of a global debate, and has created high tensions among French Muslims and their fellow citizens. There are many variations of how Islamic women choose to cover up their bodies. The most criticized and more conservative of the variations are called the Niqab and Burka (Burqa). The article, “French Senate votes to ban Islamic full veil in public,” published by BBC news, describes the details and different ways Muslim women choose to wear the headscarf. The Burka covers the entire face and body and has netting surrounding the eyes. The Niqab varies slightly because it has an opening in the eye area. The hijab is the most commonly worn style that women of Islamic faith choose to wear in the western world and only covers the neck and hair. According to CNN World News, there are approximately 2,000 Muslim women who wear the Burka and Niqab in France; however, this ban has influenced women to rise up and demand their right to choose to cover up or not. The ban limits women from wearing the full-face veil anywhere in public, banning the garment from casual walks down a street, a ride the bus, hospital visits, or even at the grocery store. The problem to be considered is does the ban limit the freedom of religious expression that is granted to French citizens? And does the government have the right to set a dress code for its citizens?
France: Setting a Dress Code?
The law banning a full-face veil has received strong support from the French government. The support for the ban was so strong that according to the article “France Enforces Ban on Full-Face Veils in Public,” published in the New York Times, the law passed with only one opposing vote in the lower house of Parliament. Those supporters argue that the ban is “a...
France Should Rethink the Ban on Burqa
Ever since Islam has begun, in the 7th century, women have been accustomed to wear the burqa. The burqa is a piece of clothing that covers the entire body, only leaving the eyes open. The burqa can be broken down to three pieces; the first piece covers the body from neck all the way down to the ankles, the second piece, also called the niqab, covers the face only leaving the eyes open, and the third piece, also called the hijab, covers the hair. In the 21st century, the century that people are fighting for Human rights, France decides to ban the burqa. Why did they ban the burqa? In Timothy Ash’s article, he says that there are three main reasons for the ban: “… a threat to public safety,” “an open society is one in which we can see each other’s faces,” and “women are compelled to veil themselves by fathers or husbands.” France should revise this law because it seems like an ethnocentric decision and with this law active it breaks traditions passed down for 14 centuries, aggravates Muslims, and will cause France to have financial repercussions.
While growing up, I’ve always seen my mom wear a burqa before she left the house, and I always wondered why she would do that. When I was 13 I found out it was to hide her beauty from others. Now why...
...The Anti-FrenchBurqaBan: The Law Should Be Changed
CNN has announced the official ban of burqas’ in France. The French government claimed that the law does not suppress the freedom of religion saying it “the law conforms to the constitution”. Wearing a burqa can result in a fine of 150 Euros and required citizen courses. If a man was to force a woman to wear a burqa the fine will be 15,000 Euros and/ or a year in prison. Statistics have shown that every two out of three Americans oppose the ban. Being known as a free nation, citizens of America are used to having the right to “showcase” religion. The French government described wearing a burqa as “a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil.” If one is enslaved to their own religion by their own choice then it should not be stopped. Christians commonly wear a cross necklace to show their devotion to their religion. No one has stopped them claiming it was “a new form of enslavement” by wearing the necklace. Before the taliban (who is not capitalized to protest their work) burqa’s were simply another sign of devotion. To those women who voluntarily wear the burqa in honor of its past symbol, then that should not be banned or punished. They should be commended for their strength. It is how they represent their religion...
...The Ban the Burqa Debate
In France, the burqa or niqab was banned from being worn in public in 2010. President Nicolas Sarkozy explained his support for the law, stating, “ The burqa is not a religious sign, it is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission of women. I want to say solemnly that it will not be welcome on our territory.” Since this law came into the public eye, much debate has occurred as to whether theburqa should indeed remain outlawed. The central question in this debate is what the burqa actually represents as part of the Muslim tradition.
Mona Eltahawy, a Muslim woman and declared feminist, agrees with Sarkozy, explaining that as a Muslim woman, she feels the burqa does nothing other than subjugate women in society and erases their individuality.
Ronald Sokol approaches the issue by criticizing the legality and morality of this law by citing a right to privacy law. He also rebukes France for stepping away from its roots in self expression by taking away the choice to wear the burqa.
Mona Eltahawy's main argument stems from the claim that the burqa is a device meant solely to subjugate women, and she declares her support for President Sarkozy's claim that, “The burqa is not a religious sign”. This is an important claim as the separation of church and state has been law since 1905 in France....
...Should Australia ban the burqa?
As we all know, Burqa is a loose, usually black or light blue robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe. The burqa is not force by the Islamic holy bible, Koran. It only say that, women and men have to wear modestly in the public. Women, especially, cannot show their body to a man, other than their husband. This is written in the Koran. In Qur'an Sura Nur Chapter: The Light. Verse 31, "And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands.
As we all know, Australia is such a proud multicultural country in the world. We came from different lands, from a different religious background and cultures. However, we all are united by the way of Australian and the language; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to talk to some of you guys. According to the 2006 census more than one fifth of the population were born overseas. Furthermore, almost 50% of the population were either: 1. born overseas; or 2. had one or both parents born overseas. So, we can make see that Australia is such a multicultural country and we accept every religious, cultures and every people who needs help, we give them our hands. And we...
...2004, there had been a commotion around Europe Countries, especially in Belgium and France regarding an issue on banning a full-face veil wearing in public? A veil, or commonly known as niqab, is a cloth which covers the face as a part of sartorial hijab. It is worn by some Muslim women in public areas and in front of non-mahram (unrelated) adult males. A niqab is worn in the Arab countries of the Arabian Peninsula such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE and additional areas with sizeable Muslim populations. Because of the wide varieties of hijabs worn by Muslim women, it can be difficult to distinguish between one type of veil and another. A veil can be divided into two categories, there are niqab and burqa. A niqab covers the face while only revealing the eyes. However, a burqa covers the whole body from the top of the head to the ground. A niqab isn't compulsory in Islamic law but there are Muslims women who are opting to wear it in order to preserve modesty or affirm their spirituality.
The key argument or the reason that attributed for veil banning was that face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person and perceive as a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication. Since the incident that happened on 9/11/2001 (twin tower bombing) the world became an Islam phobia; a neologism of the formed word Islam and phobia is a prejudice against, hatred towards, irrational fear...
...because of his appearance.
II. Relation to Audience:
Recent bans on the public wearing of burqas and niqabs have caused a great deal of controversy. As shown by the article “French burka ban: police arrest two veiled women”, there are three countries in Europe: Belgium, France and Holland which are prohibiting the burka.
III. Preview & Thesis:
This trend not only breaches international laws of religious and cultural freedom but also is human right abuse.
I. Burqsa and niqabs are traditional outer garments worn by Muslim women to cover their head and body in public places.
A. The burqa covers the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes. (dictionary.com)
B. The niqab is a type of veil that is made of lightweight opaque fabric and leaves only the eyes uncovered. (dictionary.com)
C. It is obligatory for a Muslim woman to dress in the presence of men who are not related to her.
II. Banning the use of burqas and niqabs means to defy the religion and tradition. (Geoffrey)
A. Burqas and niqabs are not part of a short-lived fashion trend but both have been commonly recognized by Muslims throughout history. They are a part of Islam that is not subject to time and does not become outdated.
B. Burqas and niqabs have an Islamic basic which is a religious garment and...
...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 for their banning.
Reverend Fred Nile has already introduced the Summary Offences Amendment (Full-face Coverings Prohibition) Bill 2014 (NSW) into the New South Wales parliament which, if passed, will ban the wearing of various face coverings in public. The Bill does not refer to Muslims, Islam, the burqa or niqab. Comments by Nile clearly indicate, however, that the law is designed to target Islamic face veils.
While the proposed ban, if passed, would affect only a small number of women, it would force them to make unenviable choice. Obey the law and deny their faith. Obey their faith and risk criminal charges. Stay at home and become isolated from the community.
Not one of the arguments Fred Nile makes for outlawing face veils stands up to scrutiny. AAP/Dean Lewins
Government senator Cori Bernardi and Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie have also called for the burqa to be banned. In a tweet Bernardi linked recent raids on suspected terrorists to the burqa, claiming that burqa wearers had been found in several of the houses raided.
Nile made three arguments in support of his legislative ban. First, several European countries have banned face coverings...
...Secularism and the Burqa!
France has imposed a face veil ban in the country. The French Parliament has passed a bill that outlaws wearing full face veil in public. Incidentally, this law is only going to affect the ‘Muslim’ women since only Muslim women cover their faces as part of their Religious doctrine. The news, no sooner did it break surface than, elicited a variety of responses from around the world; ranging from raising eye brows to censuring vehemently, the latter reaction being of course from the Muslims. While Talk Shows are mulling it over and print media is disseminating essays and articles both for and against this decision, my apprehension is that very few people are analyzing the issue ‘Justly’. Some people are looking at it from an entirely religious-cum-emotional angle exhibiting very thin rationality, while the approach of some others, how should I put it, is highhanded, to say the least. Though I’m a Muslim and strongly advocate the face veil, I realize there is difference between my perceptions and reality. Notwithstanding, I think I’m able to analyze the whole issue ‘Justly’ which I hope, if considered in sincerity, will convince many, if not all.
Firstly, I want to address the Muslims; and not just the average practitioners - but the fundamentalists too - as they call them these days. Please realize the distinction between ‘Veil’ and ‘Full Face Veil’. While ‘Veil’ is an ‘undisputed’ obligation on...