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Muslim veiling controversies in Europe
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1 Introduction

Muslim women in Europe who wear Islamic head and face coverings encounter social and practical problems on a day to day basis while they go about their ordinary lives. The headscarf/hijab is a complex communicative symbol but some see it as ‘the’ symbol of the Islamisation of Europe.1 It has become the subject of political controversy and…

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Dominic McGoldrick, “Muslim veiling controversies in Europe”, in: Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online, Edited by: Stephanie Müssig, Egdūnas Račius, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibašić, Jørgen S. Nielsen, Oliver Scharbrodt. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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