Toronto Star

Soldiers can wear Islamic head scarves


Women in the armed forces have been given the right to wear Islamic head scarves in a move that marks a significan­t cultural shift within an institutio­n seen historical­ly as the guardian of Turkey’s secular identity.

The military was one of the last Turkish institutio­ns to forbid the wearing of the hijab. Just 10 years ago, the military’s commanders briefly implied that they would intervene if a presidenti­al candidate, whose wife wore a veil, became head of state. The candidate, Abdullah Gul, ultimately reached the presidency without obstructio­n.

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