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5 The Impact Of Religious Symbolism In Europe: Wearing The Hijab And Burqha

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This chapter outlines how several European countries have tried to integrate headscarf-wearing women into the education and work sector by taking various approaches to Muslim religious practices. It analyses if and how various countries try to regulate the wearing of religious clothing in situations such as state schools, public service employment, legislatures, etc. The chapter considers the case of Shabina Begum in order to illustrate the type of issues that arise in such cases from a human rights point of view, and to demonstrate the issues schools face in deciding on matters related to religious dress codes pursuant to the Department for Education and Skills official guidelines. Education and school policies fall within the remit of Germanys 16 regional states, and regulations and practice regarding the hijab and other religious symbols in the classroom vary widely.

Keywords: European countries; Hijab; human rights; Muslim religious practices; religious dress codes; religious symbols



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