Why Burqas Are Illegal In Some Countries

In March 2016, Egypt’s parliament introduced a law banning women from wearing a niqab, which is a full face veil with a small opening for the eyes Similar but less common than the niqab is the burqa, which has a mesh cover

They allegedly symbolize modesty and devoutness in Islam, but are highly controversial, as secular and muslim governments have sought to regulate or ban such garments So what exactly is the legality of the Burqa around the world? Well, the burqa and other veils can be linked to verses in the Quran, one of which discourages women from displaying their “beauty” Although there is no verse that specifies the dress code or mentions the word ‘burqa’, women are told to “cover their chests” and “lengthen their garments” Two countries have legally banned the burqa and the niqab The first was France, which in 2011, outlawed all face coverings in public spaces

French leaders said the veil isolated women and stripped them of their humanity They claimed that a ban would liberate Muslim women and further integrate them into French society Around the same time, Belgium enforced an almost identical ban,calling the burqa a symbol of oppression In total, more than a dozen countries, including Chad, Russia and China have either restricted or all-out banned the burqa These regulations usually result from ethnic tension, or a collective fear that Muslim traditions are encroaching on the region’s culture

Perhaps surprisingly, many Muslim countries have enacted their own bans, or at least discouraged the burqa like Syria, which banned the face covering in 2010 from universities They argued that the garments were a threat to the country’s secular identity, and a representation of radical Islam But Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad relaxed the measure a year later, to appeal to conservative Muslims In Afghanistan, their version of the burqa, called the chadri, was strictly enforced during former Taliban rule And, although the group was ousted from power in 2001, many women still wear the garment to ensure their own safety, or simply as a matter of routine

In parts of the Middle East and Africa, the burqa is viewed as a means for safety and a deterrent from men Similarly in western countries like France and the UK, burqas symbolize religious devoutness and cultural identity In fact experts say that a ban only makes matters worse Women who choose to wear a veil can no longer leave their house for fear of discrimination or arrest In fact, France’s burqa ban has been called a complete failure, as it has encouraged Islamophobia and given extremists a cause to rise against the state

With so many differing opinions, the legality of the burqa around the world continues to be a hotly debated topic Many Muslim women are defying France’s anti-burqa laws by wearing the veil in public Learn more about France’s controversial laws in our video at the top Gender equality in Islam is a commonly disputed topic, watch our video at the bottom to see what feminism in Islam really means Thanks for checking us out! If you’ve got ideas for new videos, make sure to comment below, and please, don’t forget to subscribe so you can watch more TestTube News videos every day

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