• Hijab Martyrdom, Headscarf Debates: Rethinking Violence, Secularism, and Islam in Germany

    Author(s):
    Beverly Weber (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Islam, Western European studies, Critical ethnic studies, Gender, Gender studies, Germany
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    racism, headscarf d
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6BW1K
    Abstract:
    Fereshta Ludin’s struggle to be appointed as a public school teacher while wearing ahijab received massive media attention in Germany, while the xenophobically motivated murder of Marwa el-Sherbini, who was eventually dubbed the “hijab martyr” internationally, elicited muted response. Yet interpreting the reactions to these two cases together reveals much about the existence of racism and Islamophobia in contemporary Germany. In this article I juxtapose the public discussions of these two cases to consider the potential for a critique of headscarf discourse. I suggest that interrogation of headscarf discourse is only possible by turning the very notion of critique against itself in order to interrogate the conditions of secularism.
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