The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion by Hilal ElverThe Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion by Hilal Elver

The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion

byHilal Elver

Paperback | January 28, 2014

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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 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.
Hilal Elver is a research professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she has been Distinguished Visiting Professor since January, 2002. Previously she was the UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and taught at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Law, whe...
Title:The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199367930

ISBN - 13:9780199367931


Table of Contents

1. Point of DeparturePart 1: Turkey2. Nature of the Headscarf Controversy in Turkey: Popular Discourse3. Understanding a Complex History4. The Role of the European Court of Human RightsPart 2: Europe and the United States5. Anti-Islamic Discourses in the West6. France7. Germany8. The United States9. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex