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Beyond the Veil
The question of the Muslim veil seems never to leave the headlines for long. The latest controversies have erupted in Britain after a defendant in a criminal trial demanded the right to wear a niqab i...
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
A condemnation of the repressive political, cultural, and religious forces that reduce millions of women to second-class citizens.
Hekmat, Mansoor - Writings - Index
Writings of Mansoor Hekmat (1951-2002).
Iran: Compulsory veiling is abusive, discriminatory and humiliating; end the persecution of women for peacefully protesting against it
Amnesty International criticizes Iran's compulsory veiling laws, arguing that they are not only harmful to women, but fundamentally unconstitutional.
Islam, Children's Rights, and the Hijab-gate of Rah-e-Kargar: In Defence of the Prohibition of the Islamic Veil for Children
It has been proved time and time again that pushing back religiosity and religious reaction is not possible except through unequivocal defence of human values against religion. It has been proved time...
My Stealthy Freedom: The Hijab in Iran and in the West
An interview with Masih Alinejad, an outspoken critic of the forced hijab policy in Iran, about how the Islamic Revolution affected women, compulsory hijab laws, and her activism.
Pret-A-Patriarchy – on "modest" fashion
"Modest" fashion is a fast growing industry with companies like Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Marks and Spencer, DKNY, Zara and others all rushing to cash in. But while more choice is undoubtedly good, I have...
Pride parade in Vancouver rejects Iranian over veil float
Iranian Shawn Shirazi and his group Cirque de So Gay were denied entry to the Pride Parade in Vancouver, Canada this year because their float criticising the veil was deemed to be 'culturally [in]sens...
The Veil and Violence against Women in Islamist Societies
The ongoing battle between the Islamic authorities and women over the veil clearly reveals why it has become a symbol like no other of the violence women face under Islam and why 'improper' or 'bad' v...
A Veiled Debate
We certainly need to challenge the iniquities of Islam and refuse to bow to Muslim blackmail that certain debates are off-limits. But equally we need to keep the problem of Islam in perspective and no...
It is important to defend liberal social values, the secular society and the heritage of the Enlightenment. But we cannot do so by promoting illiberal policies.
What's all the fuss about the veil?
It is impossible to address the status of women under Islamic laws and defend women’s rights without addressing and denouncing the veil. And this is why the veil is the first thing that Islamists impo...
After the Arab spring, the struggle continues on a university campus
A dispute between a secular academic and conservative Islamists threatens the peace at a Tunisian university
A university administrator takes a stand against religious extremism.