Chapter 1: Introduction
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In this introductory chapter I first define some of the key terms that are used throughout the book, specifically ‘Islamic veil’ and ‘anti-veiling law’. I then give a brief introduction to the kinds of anti-veiling laws that exist in Europe today and also outline the impact of right wing political voices on the enactment of such laws. Next, and because it is so widely discussed during the book, I provide a snapshot of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights where issues pertaining to veiling are at stake. Finally, I identify various recurring themes relevant to anti-veiling laws that are discussed throughout the book.