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Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of 'The Veil'


Anissa Helie


CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Marie Ashe


Suffolk University Law School

2012

19 U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy 1 (2012), pp. 1-65

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In response to recent mandates, prohibitions, or “choices” relating to veil-wearing by Muslim girls and women, this essay raises and responds to the question: “How should civil government treat culture- or religion-based claims of rights that clash with the norm of women’s equality?” – that question being a broadened reformulation of Susan Okin’s 1999 inquiry, “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” The essay identifies social and political developments, as well as legal and theoretical developments – relating to women, religions, and governments – that have occurred in the 21st century and that demand that reformulation. Reviewing theories on the veiling controversies, and characterizing some as reflecting only partial visions, the essay embraces and argues for a re-shaped liberalism that is committedly and simultaneously feminist and anti-racist and secular.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 65

Keywords: Liberalism, multiculturalism, law, women, religion, equality, liberty, veiling, burqa, hajib, niqab, Muslim, Islam, Islamism, Susan Okin, Leila Ahmed, Marnia Lazreg, Nadia Geerts, Martha Nussbaum, Joan Wallach Scott, feminism, secularism, racism

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Helie, Anissa and Ashe, Marie, Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of 'The Veil' (2012). 19 U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy 1 (2012), pp. 1-65. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2263035

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Anissa Helie
CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( email )
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States
Marie Ashe (Contact Author)
Suffolk University Law School ( email )
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States
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