A French Muslim man Nassim Mimoune, 24, was jailed in France for punching a nurse who tried to remove his wife's Islamic burqa during a child birth surgery at a Marseilles hospital on Monday.
When the burqa debate was raging across the world, a young Pakistani women's rights activist, who doesn't wear a headscarf as a rule, travelled to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to see for herself what it meant to wear one. This is her story.
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After 7 months under a care-taker cabinet, it seems that the Netherlands are close to getting a new government over the coming weekend, one which anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has said will bring a 'new wind' blowing across the Low Countries.
A young Muslim girl in the Indian state of Kerala has been receiving death threats for not wearing the burqa, and instead often opting for jeans. She is an aeronautical engineer by qualification striving to get into the country's civil services.
French senators passed a bill Tuesday that bans wearing a burqa and other facial veils with a majority of 246 votes to one. If confirmed by the Constitutional Council, expected within a month, the ban would come into effect by March 2011.
By means of the Senate becomes law in France, the ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil in public places. Women can no longer wear the burqa and the niqab in shops, parks, schools, hospitals, transport, in short in all public places.
An Italian city has fined a Muslim woman for wearing a full Islamic veil in the northern city of Novara after her husband failed to identify her to male police officers, which prompted the local police department to call in a female cop.
Belgium's lower house of Parliament has voted in favor of a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic burqa and niqab in public, which could make Belgium the first European nation to implement such a law.
A North African Al Qaeda splinter group has threatened revenge against France for its decision to ban the female covering called the “burqa.” Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed France was practicing “religious terrorism” and spreading hatred.
French Communist Party Deputy André Gerin has asked the French Parliament to create a Parliamentary Enquiry Commission into the wearing of the burqa in public in France. This comes at a time of increasing criticism of the practice.
Forget evening dresses and bikinis. The girls who participate in a ten-week-long beauty contest in Saudi-Arabia are disguised in black burqas. And the winner will be the woman with 'the greatest 'inner beauty'.
Across the Muslim world, the controversy over female attire is creating a deep divide: one side encourages less extreme positions on the traditional burqa, and another side wants to uphold religious views on covering women head to toe.