January 29th, 2008 by Hafiz Noor Shams
Three cheers for liberty:
Two major parties in Turkey say they will submit a joint plan to parliament to ease a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities.
The Islamist-rooted governing AK Party and the nationalist MHP say it is an issue of human rights and freedoms. [Turkish MPs plan headscarf reform. BBC News. January 29 2008]
I dare say that Islamic headscarf (or the burqa) is becoming a symbol of liberty in Turkey, the Netherlands and Europe at large. It has to be noted that it is so because of restriction imposed on it. Circumstances made it so. At other places where headscarf or burqa is a mandatory attire, it is a symbol of oppression instead.
The headscarf itself has no inherent value.
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