The limits of populism: Accomodative headscarf policies in Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands

Leila Hadj-Abdou, Sieglinde Rosenberger, Sawitri Saharso, Birte Siim

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The presence of Islam and Muslim practices are a matter of fierce contestation in many immigration receiving states in Western Europe. As a consequence of this politicization many European policy makers have decided to restrict the wearing of the female Muslim headscarf. Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands contradict this trend. Despite the fact, that all the three countries have strong right-wing political parties, they have regulated the headscarf in the mid-2000s in a accommodative manner. This article gives an overview about the policy regulations in place and analyzes this puzzling phenomenon.
Translated title of the contributionPopulismens grænser: Liberale tørklædepolitikker i Østrig, Danmark og Holland
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics, Religion and Gender : Framing and Regulating the Veil
EditorsSieglinde Rosenberger, Birgit Sauer
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationAbingdon/New York
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-56148-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Religion and Politics

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