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Title: The Burkini Debate in France: Triggering Painful Colonial Memories
Authors: Farish Noor
Keywords: Europe
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Farish Noor. (2016). The Burkini Debate in France: Triggering Painful Colonial Memories. (RSIS Commentaries, No. 218). RSIS Commentaries. Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
Series/Report no.: RSIS Commentaries, 218-16
Abstract: The decision to ban the ‘burkini’ – a form of beachwear favoured by Muslim women today – in parts of France has sparked a reaction from Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It has developed into a heated debate about French identity and the assimilationist policies of the secular French state. But reports of women being forced to undress themselves in public have also triggered memories of France’s colonial policies in the past, and may do more harm than good to the process of integration in France today.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
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