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The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion

Hilal Elver


This book deals with an ongoing controversy of the Muslim women’s headscarf from the legal and sociological perspective in democratic countries. It depicts headscarf controversy and argues with the interaction of religion/secularism, law/politics, multiculturalism, and gender politics. In recent years, there have been major public policy debates, court decisions and laws about the acceptability of Islamic practices, specifically women and girls wearing a headscarf or “hijab”. These has produced concerns in the West and to some extend Muslim secular countries, about how to accept, accommodate, ... More

Keywords: secularism, freedom of religion, european court of human rights, headscarf cases, women’s rights, turkey’s legal history and secularism, islam and europe, comparative legal approach to headscarf cases, headscarf cases in american courts, turkish constitutional order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769292
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilal Elver, author
University of California, Santa Barbara