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Who cares how women dress?

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By Nesrine Malik   May 2017

Two muslim women in Shepherd's Bush market in west London ©Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Few issues come around as regularly as the controversy over the hijab (headscarf) and niqab (face-veil). Europe is forever finding new issues with what Muslim women wear. Emotions run high between those who think the hijab is one more symbol of private religious practice—like wearing a Christian cross—that a secular Europe can fairly restrict in public; and those who think secularism is being used to target Muslims.

The truth is a blend of the two.…

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