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Tannen Horber

on 13 November 2014

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Transcript of Burqa

The Burqa
What is a Burqa?
A long, loose garment covering Muslim women's body from
head to toe
Worn in public, not in private settings

Why women wear them?
1.) Lack of visible identity
Persons of authority (police, court, doctors, teachers) cannot identify who the individual is
Photo I.D. becomes ineffective
Impersonation: allows for anyone to "mask" themselves and say they are someone else
2.) Increases feeling of uncertainty
Not religious-based, but tradition

Nowhere in the Quran does it state that women
completely veil themselves
Tradition has encouraged that only Muslim womens' husbands should see their faces in private
No other men should be privy to seeing them
1. Lack of visible
2. Increases feeling of

Concealment of identity
(lack of visible identity)

Possible concealment of weapons

Possible concealment of stolen items

"Murder suspect flees UK"

Discussion Questions

1.) How does the burqa influence people's global views of women?

2.) If women have to be totally veiled to be respected in a Muslim society, how does that influence how men perceive them?

3.) Since burqas can pose a threat to national security, do you think the Canadian government should take action and ban them from being worn in certain public spaces (eg: airports, schools, police stations..)?

Inhibits face-to-face communication
Anti-social, backward, oppressive
Not part of Islam
Not obligatory to wear the burqa in front of family or other women
Perception that women are inferior to men
Some burqa wearers feel it is their human and religious right
Can create health complications
Several countries force women to wear

Burqa Ban
Syrian government banned the Islamic veil in July 2010
1st European country to ban public use of veils in 2011
Beligium: B
anned the "Islamic full-face veil" and any clothing that obscured a persons identity in 2011

Covering your face in public has been illegal since the 1970s.

Basic Facts

Islamic culture and tradition
Muslim women
learn how to behave
and be accepted
Norm of Islamic society

Course Connections
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