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In 2010, the French parliament passed legislation banning the concealment of the face in public in response to a highly publicised debate over the place of the full-face Islamic veil in French society. This essay explores the thus far unexamined relationship between Jewish-French philosopher Emmanual...
When I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, USA, I interviewed some young Muslims for my research project on identity. One interesting topic that emerged during my discussion with the participants was freedom of speech. In this...
Why are people afraid of burqas? For many, the answer is quite simple: they pose a threat to public safety because they might be used to disguise criminal intent. What seems like a pious woman might really be an Islamist man; there could be grenades...
Chloe Patton explores the issue of the religiosity of young Muslim women in Western societies and their capacity to make free and autonomous choices. The article discusses Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf by Australian feminist Bronwyn Winter. Placing Winter’s book in the...
What is a cultural policy? What actions can be taken to nurture and sustain creation in sectors such as visual arts, audiovisual and cinema, books, music or performing arts? This document outlines measures applied in France in support of the various cultural sectors.
The debate about whether the arts should be supported or not is far from new, and most governments support the arts in one way or the other. The literature considers several arguments in favor of such interventions. Public education may seem to be an action...