Sunday, April 6, 2008

Turkish Parliament Adopts Headscarf Reform

Is Freedom Now at Hand – or the Religious Police?
The Turkish parliament has lifted the headscarf ban in Turkish universities. The Kemalist opposition sees this as a threat to basic democratic values, and intends to appeal to the supreme court.
The headscarf is a symbol of this social revolution. The proportions of Turkish society have been shifted. Two out of three Turkish women now wear headscarves, three out of four Turks approve of allowing the headscarf at universities, four out of five members of parliament voted for the constitutional amendment getting rid of the ban.
Susanne Güsten in Istanbul looks at the background to the issue:

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