In Turkey there is now a great deal of controversy about proposed revisions to the constitution that would include lifting the ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in universities. Many commentators have taken this to be an ominous sign of the intention of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, who represent the Justice and Development Party (AKP), to undermine Turkey’s secular republic in the interests of establishing an Islamist state. In Turkey, as elsewhere in Europe, the headscarf has become a symbol not only of political Islam, but of the oppression of women. [...]Read the rest of Gender equality and Islamic headscarves.
Joan Wallach Scott
Joan Wallach Scott is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is the author of numerous books and articles---most recently, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton University Press, 2007). She was interviewed by David Kyuman Kim for The Immanent Frame's Rites & Responsibilities dialogue series.