Lana Šlezić iconic 2004 photo of Lt.-Col. Malali Kakar, then the highest ranking woman in the Afghan police force. In 2008, she was assasinated by the Taliban
I have mixed emotions about the veil. While I think every woman has a right to choose what she wears yet I am extremely uncomfortable around the niqab and burqua. I find them restrictive and misogynistic. I also can't decide if wearing them is a religious or political statement. Perhaps both.
So while I try to come to a decision, I keep reading. Here are some of the articles and books I have come across.
- Between a veil and a dark place
- Rim Razek's account of being thrown in a mental institute after taking off her veil.
- Why it is so important for us to wear the veil
- Shazia Mirza: Muslim comedian
- West Australian law: Muslim women can be forced to show faces
- Lettre d’une iranienne à Hollande: First hand account of wearing the veil and taking it off.
- Why I, as a Muslim, believe the veil must be barred in our schools
- New York Times: Behind the Veil
- Princess Hijab: Parisian Graffitti Artist
- Shirin Neshat, "Veiled Women in Three Arches"
- Veils: who are we to judge?
- Burka Avenger: Pakistan animated series for children
- The BBC has a great article explaining the differences between head scarves.
How is the world reacting to the hijab and burka:
- England: wants to pass law forbidding in court.
- Italy, Belgium, France have all banned all ban the public use of face-covering niqabs and full-body burqas.
- Germany has banned them for teachers and is about to pass a law for all government agencies.
- Tunisia and Tuekt Australia just passed a law that the veil must be lifted to confirm identity when requested by police.
- In Canada it's illegal during the swearing in of new citizens. It may be illegal in Quebec.
What do you think of the hijab and burka?