French Secularism and Islamic Expression


Added on  2019-09-23

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The controversial issue of religious expression in the country of France is not a new issue, especially in regards to headscarves worn by Muslim women. The clash of French politicalideals of laïcité and freedom of religious expression is a battle that has been ongoing since 1989. In 1989 three Muslim female students were suspended from their school in the French town of Creil for refusing to remove their headscarves in school (SOURCE). This issue has caught the attention of global news this past summer of 2016 when the French government banned women from wearing the ‘burkini’ (swimwear designed for Muslim modesty standards) on public beaches (Bilefsky, 2016). This issue intersects across lines of religion, political agenda’s and gender in a unique way. This paper will critically analysis this issue through the use of the Riva Kastoryano article“French Secularism and Islam: France’s Headscarf Affair.”. Finally the authors of this paper willanalyze and reflect upon this issue based on their individual perspectives as a female Muslim from Egypt and a secularist female American. It is through this analysis and reflection that this paper aims to provide clarity on lessons learned from this contentious issue in France in a wider framework of diversity and inclusion.References
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