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Refusing the Veil

Veiled Fret: Religious veiling and the fears that surround it
In Partnership with Cheltenham Festivals
Date: Sat 17th Oct
Time: 4pm-5pm
Format: Panel
Location: Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre
Price: £8 (£5 Students)
Many Muslims worldwide either support or adopt religious veiling yet public debate about the veil frequently throws up a number of concerns, from questions of health and freedom of choice to issues of gender and personal identity.
Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Refusing the Veil) argues that veiling oppresses feminism, distorts Muslim values and strips women of autonomy and individuality. She debates the issue with journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy (Headscarves and Hymens) along with Hassan Mahamdallie (co-director of the Muslim Institute, an expert on race and diversity) and Salma Yaqoob (head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and a spokesperson for Birmingham Central Mosque) . Chaired by the BBC News' Home Editor, Mark Easton.


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Journalist, Author of Refusing the Veil


Mark Easton
BBC News Home Editor

mona.jpgMona Eltahawy
Journalist and commentator, author of Headscarves and Hymens