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    OMANESE SCHOLAR VICTIM OF HEADSCARF BAN IN TURKEY Agence France Presse, 10/16/03 An Omanese scholar, invited to take part in a conference in Turkey, was barred
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      OMANESE SCHOLAR VICTIM OF HEADSCARF BAN IN TURKEY
      Agence France Presse, 10/16/03

      An Omanese scholar, invited to take part in a conference in Turkey,
      was
      barred from the venue - a university in Istanbul - when she refused
      to take
      off her headscarf, the Milliyet daily reported Thursday.

      The Islamic-style veil is banned in universities and public offices in
      mainly Muslim but strictly secular Turkey, where it is regarded as a
      statement in favor of political Islam.

      The unsuspecting Samira Moosa from Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat
      turned up for a conference on communication at Istanbul University,
      but was
      asked by security guards at the gate to take off her veil...

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      GERMANY DIVIDED OVER HIJAB
      Andreas Tzortzis, Christian Science Monitor, 10/10/03
      http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1010/p06s01-woeu.html

      Having spent the last 15 years of her life wearing the Muslim hijab,
      or head scarf, teacher Emine Ozturk can't imagine taking it off in
      public, even for just one minute.

      But that's exactly what Ms. Ozturk might have to do if she ever wants
      to get a teaching job in a Berlin public school.

      "It's part of my identity," says this young German of Turkish
      descent. "How can I lay my identity at the door of the classroom?"

      It is a question on the minds of many here following a decision by
      Germany's highest court, allowing teacher Fereshta Ludin to wear her
      head scarf in class as long as there are no state laws against it.
      Since the decision came down two weeks ago, a majority of German
      states, including Berlin, have announced plans to pass such laws...

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      FIGHTING THE SCARF
      New York Times, 10/4/03
      http://www.iht.com/articles/112391.htm

      The question of whether Muslim women can wear headscarves in European
      state schools keeps coming back. Most recently, a French school
      barred two girls who covered their heads, while a German court ruled
      in favor of a teacher who insisted on wearing her headscarf in class.
      Those who raise the issue often couch it as a defense of the sacred
      principle of the secular state - that there be no overt religious
      symbols in state schools. In our view, this is a false pretext.
      Following the dress or dietary codes of one's faith falls under the
      rubric of freedom of conscience, so long as the exercise does not
      amount to proselytizing or otherwise infringing on the freedoms of
      others.

      The regulations and their enforcement differ widely from country to
      country, from city to city, even from school to school. But the fact
      is that any such regulation is inherently discriminatory, since the
      targets are likely to be members of faiths that mandate outward,
      visible signs. The scarf of a Muslim woman, the kippah of an Orthodox
      Jew, or the headknot of a Sikh cannot be concealed. Banning their use
      thus becomes a selective attack on a fundamental right, and not a
      defense of secularism...

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