Islamic veil bans: the gender equality justification and empirical evidence

Howard, Erica ORCID: (2014) Islamic veil bans: the gender equality justification and empirical evidence. In: The experiences of face veil wearers in Europe and the law. Brems, Eva, ed. Cambridge Studies in Law and Society . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 206-217. ISBN 9781107058309. [Book Section]


This chapter examines the argument that bans on the wearing of Islamic head scarves and veils are necessary for the promotion of gender equality. It argues that this is based on a stereotypical view of the women who wear these garments as being oppressed and pressured into wearing them by men. This ignores the empirical evidence which shows that there are many different reasons why women wear headscarves and veils. And, even if some women and girls are pressured into wearing headscarves or veils, bans could well be counterproductive and work against their emancipation, potentially increasing their isolation from society.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 13824
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Depositing User: Erica Howard
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 10:51
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 12:47

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