Niqab: Radical feminism or female subjugation?
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C. Majka
Discrimination, Human rights, Islamophobia
Blog / news media story

Majka, C. (2015, September 30). Niqab: Radical feminism or female subjugation? Rabble.


Discourse and debate surrounding the niqab become a centre of attention in the Canadian federal election. The article analyzes the pretext of the controversy, the case of Zunera Ishaq, a woman who was asked to remove her niqab during her citizenship oath. The author argues that the heightened emphasis on the niqab is a “dead cat on the table” – it is meant to distract individuals from pressing political issues. Although there are differing views about whether the niqab/hijab is a feminist statement or a tool used to oppress women, women in Canada should have the right to choose what they want to wear. Despite our differences, Canadians must find ways to co-exist.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.


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