The Understanding of Cultural Symbols such as the Veil and Hijab in Britain and France

By Cameron Iqbal.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Britain has, since its support for war in Iraq has tried to challenge aspects of Islam within its own borders. It has on several occasions claimed that a Hijab and Veil are a symbol of segregation within its communities. A similar discussion has taken place in France. As a result of this concern, and not understanding fully the significance behind the religious symbols such as the Veil (known as Burka in in some places) and the Hijab (a headcovering) has banned them from its schools. This was a palpable violation of the rights of 2.3 million British Muslims and 5 million French Muslims, representing no respect for freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
Given the current position of many of the Muslim countries it is my wish to give examples of the modesty and humility of women in Muslim countries. The British and French position and behaviour towards Muslim women is demeaning.
This paper will examine the ‘Ideal Islam’ and the resulting rationale behind the wearing of such religious symbols. It will examine the historical premise of the religious symbols and how, if such premise was administered correctly there would be a positive effect not only on British and French societies but across the world. I approach this paper as a student who will try to raise and answer all questions to reveal the real meaning of these religious symbols in ‘ideal Islam’.

Keywords: Allah (swt), Islam, The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Religion, The Qur'an, Women, Human Rights, The Hijab, The Veil, The Freedom to Wear Religious Symbols, Britain, France

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.131-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.701KB).

Cameron Iqbal

PhD Research Student, Humanities, Law and Social Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK

A PhD student commencing a thesis in Islam, Race Relations and the British Misconceptions of the Islamic Religion. The thesis further expands into the Islamic extremism looking the views of the British Muslim and how they perceive the Western Policies of the Middle East and how such a perception has has a drastic effect upon the attitudes and behaviours of the Muslims residing in Britain. The thesis looks into the banning of the religious symbols in France and the Danish Government's failure to condemn the publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and the effect that had around the Muslim world. He has completed a LLB (Hons) in Law and also a Masters in Philosophy. The Masters was based around looking at the history of the Police and the Black community going back to the 1958 riot of Notting Hill. The Masters looked at the history of race relations in Britain and the failure of the Government to take necessary action to prevent certain police officers and certain white residents of Notting Hill in racially abusing their Black residents that inevitably led to the outbreak of the worst riot in Britain in the 1950s. He has also completed the Legal Practice Course making him a Solicitor with interests in Criminal Law, Islamic Law and Human Rights. Apart from that, he has experience in many areas of law that stem from the English Legal System. He has a strong legal experience from many reputable law firms and chambers. He is also to commence lecturing in Law at the Manchester School of Law.

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