Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate (Gender and Globalization)

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The hijab is the controversial item of women's clothing. It has become the primary global symbol of female Muslim identity for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This title provides an account of the controversial 2003 French law to ban Islamic headscarves and other religious signs from public schools.

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Bronwyn Winter teaches in the Department of French Studies at the University of Sydney, where she is program director of International and Comparative Literary Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures. She has written widely on the position of women in French public discourses and institutions. She is the contributing coeditor of After Shock: September 11, 2001: Global Feminist Perspectives.

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Starred Review. The hijab, the head scarf worn by many Muslim women, has been the subject of considerable Western attention, curiosity—and even condemnation. Winter (co-editor of After Shock: September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives) focuses on the vociferous debates raging in France, where an official policy of secularism has made wearing conspicuous religious attire the cause for legal battle and the topic of public discussions drenched in covert racism, classism and paternalism toward women. In Frances nearly 20 years of argument over hijab, women and girls were at the center of a debate waged largely by men, while the participation of women themselves in the debate was... more as symbols than as social actors. Winters feminist analysis suggests convincingly that the concept women believe what they wish and wear what they wish... is one thing. The ways in which these beliefs and appearances are coded and put to the service of other agendas is another—and that all cultures and societies must address male domination and religious interference in their own backyards rather than treating such issues as the exclusive province of an exotic Other. (Feb.)
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