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What’s The Difference Between A Burqa And A Niqab?

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This month authorities in Syria banned the niqab at public universities. The minister of higher education said that the face veil, which some Muslim women wear on campus, runs counter to academic values and the traditions of Syrian universities. This comes as several European countries, including France, debate laws prohibiting Muslim women from wearing the full face covering in public. Here and Now takes a look at two sides of the debate over Islamic face veils with Hebah Ahmed, a Muslim- American who wears a Niqab and Mona Eltahawy, a Muslim journalist and blogger who writes about Muslim identity and favors a ban.

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This program aired on July 22, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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