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Why the French Don't Like Headscarves
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Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space
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On British Islam. The book should become mandatory reading for students of social sciences as well as policy makers. Bowen never judges, he only narrates. He does not come to any conclusions about the outcome of the law, but aims at an increased understanding of the problems of diversity, integration and fragmentation facing the French.
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This work is important for the understanding of France today, but it is also relevant to all Western societies. This is important. The idea of the enlightened and secular European, needed to discipline the religious despot from the south, is far from limited to France. The vast number of cases which he culled in researching his book is both admirable for its depth and for the way in which intra-Muslim passions were ignited in the debate over headscarves.
For geographers, the book provides an excellent example of the ways that different social actors idealize and actively construct public space, and that certain bodies and bodily practices--in this case, Muslim schoolgirls and their headscarves--become the focal point of struggles to define the nature of public space. Nagel, Cultural Geographies.
Bowen's work as presented here poses many significant questions and gives valuable suggestions for further research projects in this area. Bowen's book points usefully in this direction.
While remaining grounded in the more recent history of the republic, to which he brings fresh perspective and illuminating analysis. Bowen takes us through the strange and often distorted debate that culminated in the decision to pass a new law.
He shows the roots of this decision in French history and politics, with a marvelous eye for nuance and a sensitivity to the many positions which clashed in the debate.