- Secularism and religious (in-)security: reinterpreting the French headscarf debates
- Volume | Issue number
- 2011 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
French secularism has often been presented as an exceptional variety of more moderate and tolerant versions of secularism in Europe, particularly after France’s adoption of the controversial law of 2004 prohibiting the wearing of headscarves in public schools and while performing public functions. However, in at least one important regard, the French discourse on secularism presents an inflated version of other European discourses, rather than an exception to them. And so we can learn from the French case for understanding secularism in a broader European context.
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