The Muslim Veil in France: Between Power and Silence, between Visibility and Invisibility

  • Anne Wagner City University of Hong Kong (Visiting Fellow) & Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

Abstract

This paper will explore the contingency and fluidity of religious freedom in France and stress the existence of overlapping, competing and coexisting legal discourses in terms of national security and public order. In response to the Muslim veil, changing power structures, changing societal norms and new faces of injustice, established doctrines are reconsidered, reformulated and partly replaced by competing doctrines and hypotheses. Given the relative indeterminacy of law on the concept of secularism and French neutrality, it is no surprise that the problem of interpretation has always been one of the focal points of attention for legal practice and drafting.
Published
2017-10-24
How to Cite
Wagner, A. (2017). The Muslim Veil in France: Between Power and Silence, between Visibility and Invisibility. HERMES - Journal of Language and Communication in Business, 24(46), 39-47. https://doi.org/10.7146/hjlcb.v24i46.97365
Section
THEMATIC SECTION: Approaches to Language and the Law