Chapter 14: Freeman v. Dep't of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles and Webb v. City of Philadelphia - Accommodation Tangles in the Laws Over Hair

Law and Religion: Cases in Context, Leslie C. Griffin, ed. Aspen: 2010

17 Pages Posted: 8 May 2013

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Seval Yildirim

California State University, San Bernardino

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper focuses on two cases from the United States, Freeman v. Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles and Webb v. City of Philadelphia (where the author represented Webb) to critique legal approaches to Muslim women’s head coverings in the post-9/11 context. By critically exploring concepts like accommodation and tolerance, as well as post-9/11 discourses surrounding Islam and Muslims, the paper argues that in each of the cases the State has failed its obligations under the religion clauses of the First Amendment.

Keywords: secularism, First Amendment, hijab, Islam in the United States

Suggested Citation

Yildirim, Seval, Chapter 14: Freeman v. Dep't of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles and Webb v. City of Philadelphia - Accommodation Tangles in the Laws Over Hair (2010). Law and Religion: Cases in Context, Leslie C. Griffin, ed. Aspen: 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261339

Seval Yildirim (Contact Author)

California State University, San Bernardino ( email )

5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
United States

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