Turkey’s highest court yesterday overturned a politically controversial law allowing women students to wear the Muslim headscarf at university, dealing a blow to the country’s Islamist-leaning government and its chances of survival.
In a decision with significant implications for Turkey’s future, the constitutional court upheld an appeal from opposition parties that the law – passed by parliament in February – posed a threat to its 85-year-old secular system.
The headscarf issue has become one of the most highly charged in Turkish politics, with the ruling justice and development party (AKP) seeing it as a question of religious freedom, while opponents portray it as a potential gateway to a more Islamic society. Hijab-wearers have complained of being expelled from classes by professors, while others have worn wigs to get around the ban.
The ruling was a setback for the AKP, which is embroiled in a separate case – also before the constitutional court – to outlaw the party and ban its officials from politics for alleged anti-secular activity.
“This is the harshest decision the court could have reached,” said Soli Ozel, an analyst at Istanbul’s Bilgi university. “It gives us a clear sense of how the court is going to vote on the closure case.”
Banning the party could plunge Turkey’s political system into turmoil, while further jeopardising its already fraught attempt to join the European Union. The European commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, has warned that the country’s application could be frozen if the AKP is outlawed. Source
P.S: The other year, i had read a book about revolution in Algeria and its independence. I read that how French soldiars tried to remove muslim women’s hijab but they could not be successful. And finally Algerians could claim back their country.
Islam doesnt recognise secularism. Secularism is generally something not related to Islam or raised of it, but it’s something western and came out after strict rules of the church during the middle ages. It’s a rebellion against strict roles of church which had closed the doors of research and science.
Islam doesnt need secularism. True Islam is a very flexible religion to the new ideas, encourages increasing knowledge and scientific research. Islamic history has a very golden background full of wonderful scientists, physicians, scholars and chemists.
Islam is completely elastic, respects different religions and their followers have their rights to follow their religion and have their comminties freely. Islam doesnt recognise acts of kind of Al-Qaeda or any kind of stupid extrimism. So concept of secularism in Islam is something really funny and dumb to be discussed.
In the matter of action, i see Secular extremists are worse than anybody else. From one extremist to another, there is just very thin border. And usually they think this border should be “innocent” muslim women’s Hijab. It seems that’s always women’s way of wearing which is played with the leaders of different groups in the world. I wonder why they dont leave women on their own. We women know the importance of modesty and we are aware of our rights.
I dont understand really, when there are many other important issues that women face every day in the world, Why some governments are that much scared of muslim women’s Hijab? It’s their absolute right. What’s the fuss about it really?