The Islamic veil across Europe

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Countries across the continent have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil – in various forms such as the body-covering burqa and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism. This article summarizes the current debates and statuses of France, Britain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Austria and Switzerland.

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