Full veils banned for stu­dents, teach­ers

Austin American-Statesman - - TUESDAY BRIEFING -

DA­M­AS­CUS — Syria has for­bid­den the coun­try’s stu­dents and teach­ers from wear­ing the niqab, the full Is­lamic veil that re­veals only a woman’s eyes. The ban shows a rare point of agree­ment be­tween Syria’s sec­u­lar, au­thor­i­tar­ian govern­ment and the democ­ra­cies of Europe: Both view the niqab as a po­ten­tially desta­bi­liz­ing threat. The ban, is­sued Sun­day by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, does not af­fect the hi­jab, or head­scarf, which is far more com­mon in Syria than the bil­low­ing black robes of the niqab.

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