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@monaeltahawy, @blogdiva, et al on the #Niqab

A compilation of the debate surrounding France's controversial "burka ban." I've focused on Tweets from @monaeltahawy (pro-ban) and @blogdiva (anti-ban) while also including many side conversations in the debate. Please feel free to edit for completeness and accuracy. A photo based by @irevolt related to the debate: http://twitpic.com/4ju29p
BBC Coverage

The BBC's Mishal Husain interviews MP Jacques Myard about the law: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/impact_asia/9454570.stm

LabourList @LabourList

Liberté? Egalité? Fraternité? The French Burka ban is a betrayal of the values the country was founded on http://bit.ly/dYAdMQ

11/04/2011 23:13:52 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

My position on #France niqab ban: I detest Sarkozy and I support banning niqab/face veils everywhere. Here's why: http://t.co/q4AyWUX

12/04/2011 01:40:07 WIB
roqayah @roqchams

The French "Burqa Ban": To ban or not to ban - discuss!

12/04/2011 06:09:15 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

Muslims do not agree on niqab ban. Impt to remember we're not monolithic & we don't hve to agree. On media, I prefer debating issue w/women

12/04/2011 06:36:35 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

Enjoyed arguing niqab bans w Elliot Spitzer & Heba Ahmed, 1 of few niqabis who agrees to go on media. She made good points till last one.

12/04/2011 08:17:12 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

Heba Ahmed's last point about wearing niqab so that she's not sexualised is another issue of niqab easily overlooked. Where's onus on men?

12/04/2011 08:19:01 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

Elliot Spitzer mentioned religious accomodation & 1st amendment. But polygamy - in Quran - banned in US. Niqab - not in Quran - not banned.

12/04/2011 08:20:44 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

I'm not saying that bans on polygamy are anti-Muslim. I'm saying they render religious accomodation argument for niqab irrelevant.

12/04/2011 08:24:16 WIB
Dawud Walid @DawudWalid

@monaeltahawy niqab & polygamy r apples & oranges. polygamy has many legal implications unlike niqab.

12/04/2011 08:24:26 WIB
Dawud Walid @DawudWalid

@monaeltahawy actually, if gay unions r legal in some states, polygamy should be as well though I'm not a proponent of it.

12/04/2011 08:26:33 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

@DawudWalid I'm addressing the point that all religious rights are allowed under 1st amendment.

12/04/2011 08:26:46 WIB
(((Katha Pollitt))) @KathaPollitt

@monaeltahawy Are niqab'd and hijab'd women not raped, groped, harrassed? Heba is living in a fantasy world where "modesty" protects.

12/04/2011 08:25:37 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

@KathaPollitt Exactly. Instead of putting onus on men, women are disappearing/being erased to "protect" them.

12/04/2011 08:28:24 WIB
Dawud Walid @DawudWalid

@monaeltahawy polygamy has judicial implications unlike niqab so it's not really analogous from 1st Amendment perspective.

12/04/2011 08:31:30 WIB
Dawud Walid @DawudWalid

polygamy not wajib. niqab believed wajib but some.Those who wear niqab have stronger right under 1st amendment.

12/04/2011 08:36:28 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

It's not easy or "popular" 2 argue 4 niqab ban everywhere but getting easier 2 hear more views & 2 hear from more Muslims pro ban.

12/04/2011 08:37:52 WIB
Dawud Walid @DawudWalid

I think racism among Muslims in America is a better topic to discuss than a niqab ban all the way in France. Khalas on niqab talk for me.

12/04/2011 08:43:18 WIB
(((Katha Pollitt))) @KathaPollitt

@monaeltahawy if it was really about protection, women would disguise themselves as men! I oppose ban btw, it just seems xenophobic.

12/04/2011 08:46:31 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

That brother/sister in Florida insists I tell media I speak for myself not for Muslims/Islam. Never claimed otherwise.

12/04/2011 08:58:05 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

Means a lot to me, Wissam! U know how much I support you and salute ur courage RT @wissamtarif: You speak for lot of us Mona.

12/04/2011 09:06:18 WIB
Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy

To those asking: #France niqab ban: I detest Sarkozy and I support banning niqab/face veils everywhere. Here's why: http://t.co/q4AyWUX

12/04/2011 09:12:09 WIB
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Chirpinator @chirpinator 12/04/2011 18:07:20 WIB
Added a video interview about France's #burka ban, courtesy of @MishalHusainBBC