Argument: Burqa ban worsens anti-Muslim sentiments and social divisions

Issue Report: Ban on Muslim burqa and niqab


Sadanand Dhume. “The French Burqa Ban: Culture Clash Unveiled.” Yale Global. February 8th, 2010: “it sets up any attack on the garment as an assault on freedom of worship. Identifying the burqa as alien to French culture, say the ban’s critics, also fans xenophobic sentiment. What will be declared un-French next? The sari? The Sikh turban? Day-Glo bicycle shorts?”

Sandeep Gopalan. “Behind the burqa.” New York Times Op-Ed. January 27, 2010: “the law would only serve to expose the Muslim community to scorn and ridicule and to further heighten the serious ethnic and religious differences in French society.”