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Islamic Human Rights Commission

26 January 2006

What’s New at www.ihrc.org.uk

This bulletin looks at the issue of Hijab, highlighting new work and reviewing older resources from the IHRC archives.


Summary: Hijab, Meaning, Identity, Otherization and Politics: British Muslim Women
\’Hijab, Meaning, Identity, Otherization and Politics: British Muslim Women\’. A report by Saied R. Ameli, and Arzu Merali for the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Publication date: 26th January 2006, ISBN 1-903718-26-0, 84 pp, £8.50 online. To buy at the reduced price of £7 please call the office on 020 8904 4222.

The fourth report in IHRC’s British Muslim Expectations of Government series has been commissioned to highlight and identify Muslim responses and requirements. It aims to record the main areas of concern in regards to Hijab. The wearing of Hijab has always been controversial, especially in a post 9/11 climate which has seen Hijab bans in both France and Turkey and the case of a British student, who was excluded from school for wearing a jilbab (full length overcoat).

Other resources

Report: The headscarf ban in French schools: Truth unveiled
01 December 2005
This is a collective book. Through testimonies, it tells how, French citizens, lived through the
implementation of the March 15th 2004 law on the enforcement of the principle of secularity in French state schools. A through, moving and authoritative account of event sin France by March 15th Freedom Committee.

Further IHRC resources

Hijab & Democracy
30 November 2004
A compilation of IHRC briefings by Fahad Ansari and Uzma Karim, looking at the impact of anti-hijab legislation and policy across Europe and the various infringements on human rights laws and treaties these constitute. By Fahad Ansari and Uzma Karim

These chapters can be read as individual briefings on the IHRC briefings page:

Azerbaijan and the Hijab Ban: A new Kemalist nightmare?
8th February 2003

Islamophobia and Gender Discrimination: The Case of the Media
27 September 2001
Two South African journalists moot the problems of Islamophobic stereotyping for Muslim women, and suggest ways forward.
Iman Rappetti and Nurah Tape

Report of IHRC Observer into the Trial of Huda Kaya and the Malatya 75
01 July 1999
Osama Daneshyar\’s report into thetrial of Huda Kaya and the Malatya 75, 51 of whom faced the death penalty for participating in a peaceful demonstration in support of women suspended from university for wearing hijab.

Other Voices in the Garden: Why Muslim Women Don\’t Have Human Rights
01 March 1999
A critique of human rights concepts that argues that current human rights discourse discriminates against Muslim and other women.

Protest ban on niqab at Impreial College, London
09 December 2005
Forwarded alert from FOSIS

URGENT ALERT: Residency denied for Moroccan wearing hijab
28 November 2005
A Moroccan living in France legally for eight years has had her application for long term residency denied, because she wears the hijab. Chetouani El Khamsa, a mother of four was told by a regional government official that the hijab was the sign of Islamic fundamentalism. Also El Khamsa does not wear the hijab in official photos, which is not allowed in France.


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