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Comment: By holding Muslims collectively responsible for the actions of a handful of extremists, France risks emboldening another group on the fringe: far-right racists, writes Taj Ali.

Comment: The French republic has become obsessed with excluding Muslim women from the public sphere, writes Malia Bouattia.

'<em>Burkini</em> row' shuts swimming pools in French town

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'Burkini row' shuts swimming pools in French town

The two municipal swimming pools in the southeast French city of Grenoble have been shut down, after a row over the use of full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit.

Glitzy, ritzy, niqabi: Meet fully-veiled Saudi model 'Amy Roko'

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Glitzy, ritzy, niqabi: Meet fully-veiled Saudi model 'Amy Roko'

‘I told y’all I’ll be a model’: A subversive social media star is breaking frontiers for modest fashionistas by starring in her first magazine ...

France's anti-hijab laws drive Muslim women into the shadows

Malia Bouattia

France's anti-hijab laws drive Muslim women into the shadows

Comment: The French state is pushing Muslim women into the home and out of active political and social life, writes Malia Bouatttia.

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British expat in Kuwait 'denied nursery job over hijab'

A British woman living in Kuwait has accused a nursery of demanding her to remove her hijab in order to work for them.

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Egypt bans the ban on Burkinis

The Egyptian Hotel Association issued an order early August banning hotels from preventing Hijab-wearers from accessing their pools and allowing ...

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'Classy' Lebanese beach resort goes cheap with burkini ban

A woman attempting to enjoy a beach holiday with her family in Lebanon was forced to return home early after she was banned from bathing due to ...

Bachar Halabi

France's presidential candidates on Arab world affairs

This Sunday's first round of France's presidential election will send the top two candidates through to the run-off on 7th May. Here's our ...

Lindsay Lohan covers up with <em>Burkini</em> on Thai beach

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Lindsay Lohan covers up with Burkini on Thai beach

Actress Lindsay Lohan was seen wearing the Burkini in Thailand, months after confirming rumours she was studying Islam.

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Major UK department store becomes first to sell hijabs

Debenhams is to become the first major department store in Britain to stock hijabs on its shelves as a part of a new rage of modest clothing for ...

Hollande: Veiled Muslim woman is future symbol of France

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Hollande: Veiled Muslim woman is future symbol of France

The French president has made controversial remarks on Islam, revealed in a new book which documents the interviews he has given during his five ...

Bulgaria becomes the latest European country to <em>ban</em> niqab

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Bulgaria becomes the latest European country to ban niqab

Following niqab bans in France and Belgium, Bulgaria's parliament has passed a law making it illegal for facial coverings to be worn in public ...

Freedom to think comes before freedom of dress

Saleem Aldajani

Freedom to think comes before freedom of dress

The burkini ban is more than just a debate about gender, blogs Saleem Aldajani.

Pretoria to Paris: Women's bodies remain a colonial battlefield

Suraya Dadoo

Pretoria to Paris: Women's bodies remain a colonial battlefield

From France's burkini ban, to South African girls being denied the right to wear their natural hair, women's bodies are ...

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British public would back burqa and burkini bans

Following uproar in France, almost half of the British public said they would back similar bans on the burkini swimwear in the UK.

Sahar F. Aziz

Burkini backlash: The latest transnational gender debate

Comment: From abortion to clothing choices, the debate around women's bodies and morality is universal, and the controversy around the ...

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'Classy' Egyptian resorts go cheap with burkini bans

France's controversial burkini ban has reached the shores of Egypt with some resorts imposing their own bans, which they say ...

Emma Ducassé

Burkini ban reverse: Sign of French resistance?

Comment: Overturning the burkini ban will do little to reverse the Islamophobic consensus in France that is stirred up by ...

French government rules out nationwide <em>burkini</em> <em>ban</em>

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French government rules out nationwide burkini ban

France will not implement a nationwide burkini ban, with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve saying the idea would be ...

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French resorts defiant after burkini ban suspension

Following a decision by a French court to suspend a ban on burkinis, some hotels say they will ignore the ruling and implement ...

France suspends '<em>Burkini</em> <em>ban</em>' in victory 'for common sense' France suspends 'Burkini ban' in victory 'for common sense'

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France suspends 'Burkini ban' in victory 'for common sense'

Video: France's State Council suspended a ban on Burkinis in a French town, which should set the precedent for the rest of the country.

No man may choose whether I wear my hijab

Nargess Moballeghi

No man may choose whether I wear my hijab

Comment: In light of France's controversial Burkini ban, my hijab has been hijacked to become the battleground of a war, and I ...

London mayor slams <em>burkini</em> <em>ban</em> ahead of Paris trip London mayor slams burkini ban ahead of Paris trip

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London mayor slams burkini ban ahead of Paris trip

Video: Sadiq Khan has hit out at France's burkini ban ahead of his trip to Paris, calling for respecting women's choices and ...

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