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The headscarf controversy : secularism and freedom of religion /
Hilal Elver.
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New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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xiii, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
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019976929X (Cloth), 9780199769292 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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019976929X (Cloth)
9780199769292 (Cloth)
contents note
Introduction : point of departure -- The nature of the headscarf controversy in Turkey : popular discourse -- Understanding a complex history -- The role of the European Court of Human Rights -- Anti-Islamic discourses in Europe -- France -- Germany -- The United States : from melting pot to Islamophobia.
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8352014
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [202]-258) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-10-01:
By providing an extensive examination of the political tensions and negotiations that surround the wearing of the headscarf in public places, including universities, in Europe and the US, this volume analyzes legislation and court decisions through the theoretical lens of critical race theory. Elver (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) is well qualified to write on this topic. The first three chapters survey the ramifications of the scarf debate in modern secularized Turkey, the recent emergence of political elites sympathetic to the wearing of headscarves, and the societal and political confrontation with the secular establishment. The following four chapters present anti-Islamic discourses in Europe, together with in-depth investigations of the headscarf debate in France, a country that upholds strict separation of church and state; in Germany, home to Europe's largest Turkish Muslim immigrant community; and in the US, where commitment to the melting pot has made way for intensified Islamophobic sentiments since 2001. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. L. Stan St. Francis Xavier University
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"Hilal Elver's insights into how judicial institutions in Europe have frequently acted 'on behalf of women' in order to 'protect' women from Islam decisively demonstrate how post-9/11 Islamophobia and strident secularism are depriving Muslim women of their citizenship rights and freedoms. The comparative aspect of her analysis regarding judicial decisions related to the headscarf in Turkey, France, Germany, the U.S., and the European Court of Human Rights make this work a critically important contribution to the growing literature on the hijab as a woman's right." --Diane Singerman, Associate Professor of Government, School of Public Affairs, American University "This analysis of how the headscarf controversy illuminates the ways in which secular states treat Islam could not be more timely. The Arab Spring reopened the question of religion in predominately Muslim countries-a debate in which Turkey seeks a leading role. France has begun fining Muslim women for what they wear. American nativism has provoked controversies over mosque construction and Islamic law. Elver brings a profound understanding of Turkey, Islam, and domestic and international law to bear on these critically volatile issues." --Richard L. Abel, Connell Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA "Rather than just another book on the subject, this is the first book to spell out what is at stake in the headscarf controversy, and to do so with exemplary clarity. It does not just defend a position; it educates the reader in a way that few other books on the subject do." ---Mahmood Mamdani, Executive Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University
"This analysis of how the headscarf controversy illuminates the ways in which secular states treat Islam could not be more timely. The Arab Spring reopened the question of religion in predominately Muslim countries-a debate in which Turkey seeks a leading role. France has begun fining Muslim women for what they wear. American nativism has provoked controversies over mosque construction and Islamic law. Elver brings a profound understanding of Turkey, Islam, and domestic and international law to bear on these critically volatile issues." --Richard L. Abel, Connell Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA "Rather than just another book on the subject, this is the first book to spell out what is at stake in the headscarf controversy, and to do so with exemplary clarity. It does not just defend a position; it educates the reader in a way that few other books on the subject do." ---Mahmood Mamdani, Executive Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University
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Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves. Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of pious Muslim women from the public sphere.
Long Description
Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves. Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of pious Muslim women from the public sphere in the name of secularism, democracy, liberalism, and women's rights. After evaluating political actions and court decisions from the national level of individual governments to the international sphere of the European Court of Human Rights, Elver concludes that judges and legislators are increasingly influenced by social pressures concerning immigration and multiculturalism, and by issues such as Islamophobia, the " and security concerns. She shows how these influences have resulted in a failure on the part of many Westerngovernments to recognize and protect essential individual freedoms.Employing a critical legal theory perspective to the headscarf controversy, Elver argues that law can be used to change underlying social conditions shaping the role of religion, and also the position of women in modern society. The Headscarf Controversy demonstrates how changes in law across nations can be used to restore state commitments to human rights.
Main Description
Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves. Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of pious Muslim women from the public sphere in the name of secularism, democracy, liberalism, and women's rights. After evaluating political actions and court decisions from the national level of individual governments to the international sphere of the European Court of Human Rights, Elver concludes that judges and legislators are increasingly influenced by social pressures concerning immigration and multiculturalism, and by issues such as Islamophobia, the "war on terror," and security concerns. She shows how these influences have resulted in a failure on the part of many Western governments to recognize and protect essential individual freedoms. Employing a critical legal theory perspective to the headscarf controversy, Elver argues that law can be used to change underlying social conditions shaping the role of religion, and also the position of women in modern society. The Headscarf Controversy demonstrates how changes in law across nations can be used to restore state commitments to human rights.
Main Description
Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves. Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of piousMuslim women from the public sphere in the name of secularism, democracy, liberalism, and women's rights. After evaluating political actions and court decisions from the national level of individual governments to the international sphere of the European Court of Human Rights, Elver concludes that judges and legislators are increasingly influenced by social pressures concerning immigration andmulticulturalism, and by issues such as Islamophobia, the "war on terror," and security concerns. She shows how these influences have resulted in a failure on the part of many Western governments to recognize and protect essential individual freedoms.Employing a critical legal theory perspective to the headscarf controversy, Elver argues that law can be used to change underlying social conditions shaping the role of religion, and also the position of women in modern society. The Headscarf Controversy demonstrates how changes in law acrossnations can be used to restore state commitments to human rights.
Table of Contents
Ackowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Point of Departurep. 1
Turkey
The Nature of the Headscarf Controversy in Turkey: Popular Discoursep. 15
Understanding a Complex Historyp. 41
The Role of the European Court of Human Rightsp. 72
Europe and the United States
Anti-Islamic Discourses in Europep. 101
Francep. 111
Germanyp. 129
The United States: From Melting Pot to Islamophobiap. 153
Conclusionp. 186
Notesp. 202
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 259
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