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BBC five live Burka debate

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France has banned the burkha. Tony Livesey asks if the UK should do the same?

Myriam Francois-Cerrah speaks to Tony Livesey about why it is essential to contextualise the burka ban as part of the ‘mainstream-ing’ of far right discourse and the need for parties, like the UMP, to reclaim lost voters through pandering to populist arguments which target and discriminate against muslim women.

This is the excellent article I refer to in the piece:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/10/france-burqa-law-kenza-drider?CMP=twt_gu
“According to the At Home in Europe project of the Open Society Foundations, she is not unusual: nearly all of the 32 French women interviewed for the project say that they – and no one else – made the decision that they would wear the niqab.

“There was no mosque involved, no pressure from anyone. It is not a religious constraint since it is not laid down in Islam or the Qur’an that I have to wear a full veil. It is my personal choice,” she says.

“I would never encourage others to do it just because I do. That is their choice. My daughters can do what they like. As I tell them, this is my choice, not theirs.”

Written by Myriam Francois

April 12, 2011 at 12:11

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