Recently, David Johnson, Web Editor at the Boston Review, interviewed Martha Nussbaum and discussed her new publication, The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age.
Posts Tagged ‘Burqa’
On April 11th, the hotly debated “burqa ban” went into effect in France.
French students protest burka ban by hiding face, showing legs.
At a March 2010 conference, “Gendering the Divide: Conflicts at the Border of Religion and the Secular” (sponsored by Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict), I had the great fortune to speak on a panel with groundbreaking cultural historian and gender theorist Joan Wallach Scott, the Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. The conference was the fourth and final meeting of ASU’s Ford Foundation-funded project on “Public Religion, the Secular, and Democracy.” In 2010-2011, Scott will lead the year-long seminar “Secularism” at the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science. Scott is the author of numerous influential essays and books, including, most recently, the timely and highly praised The Politics of the Veil. At the conclusion of the ASU conference, Scott and I met for the following wide-ranging conversation . . .
At the New York Times philosophy forum, The Stone, Martha Nussbaum asks how philosophical and legal scholarship can help us understand recent controversies concerning the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves and burqas in public.
The popular push to ban the burqa in France lacks clear legality, reports The Associated Press.
On July 13, French parliament will vote on a bill to ban burqa-style veils in the name of gender equality and secular values. More than advocating for women’s rights and a “state-sanctioned Islam that respects the secular state,” this particular version of the bill also implicates “husbands and fathers who impose such veils on female family members.”
In the most recent European attempt to prevent radical Islam’s spread, Spain’s Senate voted this past Wednesday in favor of prohibiting Muslim women from donning the burqa—the traditional Islamic veil which covers a woman’s entire body except her eyes. New York Times columnist Raphael Minder suggests that the country’s sudden—and, some would say, unexpected—decision to follow fellow EU members like France and Belgium, was precipitated by upcoming regional elections in Catalonia later this year, in which immigration and Islam are two politically charged and contested issues.