Unveiling the Veil Ban Dilemma: Turkey and Beyond

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Vol: 13, Issue: 3, Page: 17

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Piatti-Crocker, Adriana; Tasch, Laman
Human rights; Muslim-veils; secularism; Turkey; women’s rights; Women's Studies
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This article examines Turkey’s veil ban policy, which has been in place since the 1980s. The dilemma is whether Muslim-veil bans impinge on the rights of expression and religion at both national and international levels or, whether states may legally justify a ban on the basis of secularism and women’s rights. Even though the idea of freedom “from religion” in Turkey has been closely linked to the European notion of secularism during most of Turkey’s republican history, more recently, secularism and veil bans in Turkey and in the West have been construed quite distinctly. This shows an increasing gap between European and Turkey’s politics and values.