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The <i>Niqab</i> Debate

Nahid Afrose Kabir

in Young British Muslims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641338
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641338.003.0006
The Niqab Debate

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With every crisis that has involved the Muslim Ummah in recent years, some British Muslims have exerted their exclusive identity by expressing their opinions over the issue. With the emergence of a crisis that resulted in the marginalisation of Muslims, British Muslims have become more assertive in identifying themselves as Muslims and in announcing their identity publicly. This chapter focuses on the social identity of British Muslims. It begins by discussing the initiation of the niqab (face veil) debate. Second, it discusses the intervention of British politicians in the niqab debate. Then, the chapter examines the Muslim's and the wider community's reaction to the situation. Finally, the chapter considers the views of 71 participants of this study with regard to whether the niqab forms an integral part of the identity of Muslim women.

Keywords: Muslim Ummah; British Muslims; exclusive identity; social identity; niqab debate; women

Chapter.  11549 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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