Refashioning secularisms in France and Turkey : the case of the headscarf ban / Amélie Barras.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 
ix, 170 pages ; 24 cm.
Routledge Islamic studies.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : the hegemony of secularism, gender & space A tradition of regulations : shedding light on the paradoxes of languages of secularism The slow exclusion of pious women from French and Turkish societies : (re) producing spaces French Muslims activists : promoting a laïcité ante Turkish devout activists : reconfiguring laiklik with human rights A rights-based discourse : a door to multiple sites of challenges Conclusion : an invitation to transcend the secular/religious divide.
"Over the past few years, secularism has become an intrinsic component of discussions on religious freedom and religious governance. The question of whether states should restrict the wearing of headscarves and other religious symbols has been particularly critical in guiding this thought process. Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey documents how, in both countries, devout women have contested bans on headscarves, pointing to how these are inconsistent with the 'real' spirit of secularism. These activists argue that it is possible to be simultaneously secular and religious; to believe in the values conveyed by secularism, while still remaining devoted to their faith. Through this examination, the book highlights how activists locate their claims within the frame of secularism, while at the same time revisiting it to craft a space for their religiosity. Addressing the lacuna in literature on the discourse of devout Muslims affected by these restrictions, this book offers a topical analysis on an understudied dimension of secularism and is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in Religion, Gender Studies, Human Rights and Political Science. "-- Provided by publisher.
Based on author's dissertation (doctoral - London School of Economics and Political Sciences, 2011).
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 152-164) and index.
KJC5156 .B37 2014
9780415821780 hardback 0415821789 hardback 9781315775234 (e-book) 1315775239 (e-book)