Jack Straw's Thinly Veiled Abuse of Power
Sardar, Ziauddin, New Statesman (1996)
I am no supporter of the veil. I have grave reservations about women wearing it, and serious disagreements with the allegedly Islamic principles on which the practice is based. But the struggle against this hoary old religious chestnut has to be founded on understanding and reasoned argument. Jack Straw's assault on the niqab, the full-face veil, lacks both. Indeed, I am flabbergasted by the sheer ignorance, simple errors of logic and law, and lack of cultural understanding demonstrated by the former Foreign Secretary.
Straw informs us that a regular stream of Muslim women visit his surgery to be counselled by him. A few come complete with a niqab, which means he can …
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Publication information: Article title: Jack Straw's Thinly Veiled Abuse of Power. Contributors: Sardar, Ziauddin - Author. Magazine title: New Statesman (1996). Volume: 135. Issue: 4814 Publication date: October 16, 2006. Page number: 23+. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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