Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space by John Richard Bowen
Reviewed by David A. Bell
The New Republic Online
"What do we call the following French person? She is born in France, and a citizen, but many of her compatriots treat her as an alien, threatening presence. She is easily recognizable, above all by her distinctive head covering, which proclaims her religious allegiance. No one questions her right to wear this garment at home or in her neighborhood's streets, but many of the French have a different opinion when it comes to official 'public spaces' ? above all, public schools. For many fervent defenders of the secular Republic, letting her into the schools would pose a threat to the Republic's very existence...." Read the entire New Republic Online review.