6 Muslim Countries That Have Banned The Wearing Of Hijab In ‘Public’ Places

Religious head and face coverings such as hijab, niqab and burqa have been the center of controversies in secular and Christian dominated countries like France and the UK or countries that are not officially recognized as ‘muslim states’ such as Nigeria. Some of these countries have either attempted or agitated to ban the wearing of either hijab or the niqab in public facilities like beaches, schools and some other public gatherings. So many human rights group have condemned these actions and calling it “Islamphobia” – the fear or aversion towards Muslims.

However, it would come as a surprise to many people to know that there are indeed some Muslim-dominated countries who have (in some ways) banned the public wearing of hijab. In the case of these Muslim countries, the hijab is perceived as a sign of deviation from the type of society the government intends to run.

Here are the 6 Muslim-dominated countries that have either banned or put restrictions on the public wearing of hijab. 4 out of the 6 countries have placed a ban on the wearing of hijab in public schools and universities or in government buildings. They include;

– Kosovo (since 2009)

– Azerbaijan (since 2010)

– Tunisia (since 1981)

– Turkey

The other two Muslim-dominated countries have placed a ban on the wearing of face veils in universities.

-Syria (2010)

-Egypt (2015)

Aside from the 6 aforementioned Muslim dominated countries, in other Muslim states like Morocco, complaints due to the restriction or discrimination against women who wear the Islamic veil is not unheard of. While in Muslim countries like Algeria, a ban has been placed since 2018 on the wearing of the full face-veils known as the niqabs (or burqas) by women at work. The Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouahiya, in 2018 pushed for the ban due to his belief that female workers should be identifiable as their male colleagues in a workspace.

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