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Turkey’s Parliament Lifts Head Scarf Ban February 9, 2008

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New York Times: Under a Scarf, a Turkish Lawyer Fighting to Wear It

Ms. Benli was the first person in her family to get a college education. She earned her law degree before the state began to enforce the ban in the late 1990s. But her two years of additional graduate work was stopped by the restriction, an interpretation of an earlier court ruling. A 300-page master’s thesis at Istanbul University law school had to be orally defended on campus. Her mother, also covered, pressed her to remove her scarf, to no avail.

“I just couldn’t do it,” Ms. Benli said in an interview in her small law office this week. “I left the room crying. They marked me absent.”

International Herald Tribune: Veiled Democracy?

A few years ago, while on a trip to lecture about Islam, I met a daughter of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – not in Istanbul, but at Indiana University, which she was attending at least in part so she could cover her head while getting an education.

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