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Burqa Ban in France


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Two women wearing Islamic niqab veils stand outside the French Embassy during a demonstration on April 11, 2011 in London, England.
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Two women wearing Islamic niqab veils stand outside the French Embassy during a demonstration on April 11, 2011 in London, England.

The French ban of the niqab, the face-covering Islamic veil also known as the burqa, took effect earlier this week. And now, in a first enforcement of the ban, French police have fined a woman in a mall parking lot outside Paris for wearing a niqab. We discuss this divisive issue.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dr. Merve Kavakci-Islam, international relations lecturer at George Washington University, author of "Headscarf Politics in Turkey: A Postcolonial Reading," and former member of the Turkish parliament
  • Dr. Phyllis Chesler, emerita professor of psychology and women's studies at City University of New York, and author of 15 books, including "Women and Madness" and "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman"
  • Frank Browning, writer and journalist currently in Paris
  • Helene Fouquet, reporter for Bloomberg News' Paris bureau
  • Umm Amina, Berkeley resident who wears a niqab

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