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Excluding Muslim Women: From Hijab to Niqab, from School to Public Space

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Six years after banning pupils from wearing a hijab in public high schools, in July 2010, French deputies passed a law that forbids women from wearing the “integral veil” (or niqab, an outfit hiding the entire face except the eyes) in public spaces. This article examines why such a repressive policy toward Muslim women was unanimously embraced by the conservative majority and some left-wing leaders with so little protest. It aims at underscoring the specific phenomena that, on the basis of a new “orientalism,” contribute in France to institutionalizing a category of people on the basis of race and gender.
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hal-00984989 , version 1 (29-04-2014)

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Sylvie Tissot. Excluding Muslim Women: From Hijab to Niqab, from School to Public Space. Public Culture, 2011, 23 (1), pp.39-46. ⟨10.1215/08992363-2010-014⟩. ⟨hal-00984989⟩
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