Engy Abdelkader is based at Rutgers University and serves as a Public Fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute. This writing was adapted from a longer piece, The Victimization of Muslim American Women and the Challenges of Imperial Feminism in Comparative Context.
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Hijab Bans Undermine Women's Rights, Not Just Religious Freedom
Significantly, official restrictions on Muslim women’s dress don’t satisfy these basic requirements. From Belgium to Kazakhstan to Kenya, education is unavailable and inaccessible to students who choose attire that the government disfavors. If they are forced to pursue studies in private institutions with sometimes inferior resources, curricula, and instruction, then education is more likely to be unacceptable.