The reasons given for imposing some kind of restriction on women’s choice to wear the burqa can ostensibly be grouped into three clusters of assumptions, assertions and arguments. Firstly, there is a set of assumptions that consider the burqa a security and safety issue. Secondly, there are the assertions that the burqa is a means of the Islamisation of society and finally there are the arguments that see the burqa as a feminist issue. These three clusters are not mutually exclusive and often overlap. In fact, one of the reasons for the sterility of the debate is that too often its practitioners slip from one stream of reasoning to another without missing a beat.