CERIUM - Centre d'études et de recherches internationales
  février 2012
Avec comité de lecture Article scientifique

The Islamic Veil and its Discontents : How Do They Undermine Gender Equality

in Vol 7, Number 1, Religion and Human Rights 2012, pp. 11-29.

Abstract :

The article addresses the use of notions of gender equality and non-discrimination in the discussions concerning the practice of Islamic veiling by the European Court of Human Rights as well as by French authorities in relation to the recent adoption of the law banning full face veils in public spaces in France. The author argues that the use of the rhetoric of gender equality without the required knowledge and understanding of the justifications for and discussions about this practice existing within Islam is in both cases very inadequate and leads to results opposite to those they intended to promote. Based on insights into the discussions of Muslims about the practice of veiling the author makes some proposals for a more adequate approach to this practice both from the point of view of women’s status as well as from the point of view of relationship between Islam and the West.


  • Ekaterina Yahyaoui KrivenkoEkaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko

    Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko is currently a Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, where she teaches human rights, public international law and women’s rights. She is also an associate researcher at the Hans and Tamara Oppenheimer Chair in International Law at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


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