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The Islamic veil in civil societies
ByFaegheh Shirazi
Pages 18

This chapter provides a background on the contemporary global events concerning both Muslim and non-Muslim nations that impose policies banning the niqab, or hijab. It focuses on the various governing policies examining variations in rulings, and the effects of these policies on the populace in recent years. The Uzbekistan case of unveiling and re-veiling is also of much interest, and shares a lot of similarities with both Iran and Turkey. The chapter also focuses on these three nations and demonstrates the roles played by governance in the veiling/unveiling policies of Muslim women in their respective nations. It explores does a woman have the right to conceal her face behind any form of shield while she is in a public space. The chapter looks at this issue and provides some of the contemporary debates on this question, which have motivated a number of nations to proceed to make it unlawful for a woman to wear the niqab in public.