Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Imperial College, London have banned niqab:

The dress code states that “employees and students should refrain from wearing clothing which obscures the face such as a full or half veil”. Muslim women, who observe the niqab, believe it to be a significant element of their religious identity, and do so as they believe it to be their religious obligation. By banning the niqab, this dress code policy is a direct infringement on freedom of religion afforded under British and European law.

Furthermore, since the beginning of this term, Muslim student and staff have had previous provisions for Friday congregational prayers taken away, without alternative permanent provisions being provided. This is unacceptable. We will not stand by and allow for basic rights to be denied to Muslim students.



At 10:11 am, Blogger merry said...

Have they given a reason for doing this? I mean, is it in response to anything in particular? I'm not saying it would be acceptable anyway, just wondewring if it is an arbitary thing or provoked by anything?

I'm trying to think what would make them do it in my mum's (predominently muslim) uni classes and can only think that it might be done because people had been sitting exams for each other or something like that. or because the prayer meetings were covering up something else?

At 6:36 pm, Blogger milkmumma said...

it is sometimes hard to keep perspective on this type of thing. particularly when the media thing is going on strong. there are always reasons. some valid and some just convenient.

it is a really useful exercise to switch off for a week or two, just listen to the radio for a brief overview of the headlines once a day, and then see how the world looks, and how the rest of society looks talking about the world.

humans are humans at the end of the day... and that can mean an awful lot of


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