Behind the Veil
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Behind the Veil

A Critical Analysis of European Veiling Laws

Neville Cox

Since the early 2010s, an increasing number of European countries have passed laws that prohibit the wearing of various kinds of Islamic veil in particular circumstances. This insightful book considers the arguments used to justify such laws and analyses the legitimacy of these arguments both generally and in regards to whether such laws can be seen as justified interferences with the rights of women who wish to wear such garments.
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Chapter 7: Veiling and the rights of others

Neville Cox


It is occasionally argued that the practice of veiling interferes with the rights of other people in society – and on a number of occasions, the European Court of Human Rights has deemed anti-veiling laws to be justified, in part, by reference to the ‘rights of others’ in society. These rights fall under three headings – the right not to be presented with something that generates a negative emotional reaction (typically offence or intimidation), the right not to be presented with something that might be ideologically influential or generate a pressure to conform, and the right to live with other people in an open society. In this chapter I consider these ‘rights’ and conclude that not merely do they not justify the interference with the actual rights of wearers that an anti-veiling law entails, but that, in addition, they are illusions.

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