Headscarf War Continues Raging In Turkey

Turkey’s Constitutional Court will announce in the coming days its decision on a case regarding the right of Muslim women to wear a headscarf while attending a university. The opposition Republican People’s Partty has urged the court to rule against such a right on grounds to do so violates Turkey’s secular concept of government. The Constitutional Court has three options regarding the case, it can reject the challenge to the constitutional change which allows wearing the headscarf, it can claim the amendment violates article 2 of the Constitution or it can cite prior court cases which indicate wearing a headscarf is in violation of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that two Muslim women who were teaching at a religious school do not have the right to wear a headscarf while at work on grounds they were working in a state secular institution and had to abide by its rules and regulations.