A Question of Balance: A Study of Legal Equality and State Neutrality in the United States, France, and the Netherlands

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The politics of the hijab and burqa lie at the intersection of the political and legal spheres. Consequently, the political and legal spheres have each attempted to enforce differing versions of the concepts of equality and neutrality. A cross-cultural and cross-national survey of judicial decisions and legislative action in these countries demonstrates how each is balancing individual rights and communal bonds, and adhering to or retreating from previously accepted human rights norms for women and religious practices.

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Brenda J. Norton is adjunct professor of political science at Baylor University.

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A Question of Balance provides a captivating comparative study of an increasingly salient concern. (Journal of Church and State)

Not all cultural differences are equally different. Brenda Norton takes this fact very seriously. Why is it that a nun wearing full habit with wimple goes unnoticed while women with headscarves or with niqab provoke disapproval and outrage? This question leads Norton to explore equality and neutrality both in theory and in context, comparing the different reactions to Muslims’ differences in France, the Netherlands, and the United States. Beyond dissimilarities, explained by the country history and political culture, equality and toleration, universal principles of Western liberal democracy, are put under stress in the encounter with alien cultures and non-Christian religion. (Elisabetta Galeotti, Università del Piemonte Orientale)

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