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Burkas, Babies and Warplanes

February 7th, 2013, Comment & Analysis, News & Articles

By calling on parents to dress their female babies in burqas in a television interview that ran on Islamic al-Majd TV last year (but only recently began to receive international media attention), Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has garnered disgust and disdain from the civilized world. And by “civilized” here, I am referring to all sentient beings whose mental function exceeds that of sea anemone.

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Solving the burqa debate

May 12th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

One always wishes that a debate as complicated as the one on the burqa takes place in an environment where there is neither an opportunistic, polarized discussion on national identity, nor a vote against minarets in a neighboring country. But we do not live in an ideal world. The burqa debate has entered the public sphere, and now must be addressed. The solution is for Parliament should express its rejection of any sign undermining women’s dignity.

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Burqah, chador, haik…

May 6th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Supporters and enemies of the burqa are opposed on everything except one essential point – they all agree that it might be a canonical obligation. The former, as true believers, legalists or fully fledged fundamentalist activists, view it as an expression of faith that ennobles and frees the female believer from the male leer. For the latter, as staunch feminists and, sometimes, indubitable Islam haters, it flags Islamic obscurantism.

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Belgian lawmakers vote for burqa ban

April 29th, 2010, Media Alerts

The lower house of the Belgian parliament has voted to ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public.

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Famile Arslan

President and Founder, Arslan Lawyers

February 12th, 2010, Civil Society, English, Euro-Med, Europe, French, Government, Law, Law and Human Rights, Migration and Integration, Minority Rights, Religion, The Hague, The Netherlands, Women's Rights

Famile Arslan

Famile Arslan works as lawyer in The Hague for her own law firm called Arslan Lawyers. Her work is in the field of family law, immigration law, housing and labour and social insurance cases as penalty cases. She is the first lawyer in the Netherlands who wears a hijab.

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