Turkish ruling party calls verdict on Islamic head scarf undemocratic

June 6, 2008 23:26
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Turkey's ruling Islamic-oriented party accused the country's top court of seizing parliament's power Friday by rebuffing a government attempt to lift a ban on wearing Muslim head scarves in universities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a six-hour emergency meeting after the Constitutional Court threw out an attempt to remove the ban a day earlier, saying it would violate Turkey's secular principles. The court's ruling did not bode well for Erdogan's party, which faces closure in a separate case on charges of becoming "the focal point of anti-secular activities." The government had campaigned for re-election last year on a promise to lift the head scarf ban on grounds of religious and personal freedom. Upon victory Erdogan passed constitutional amendments to lift the ban. But the court's decision, which is final, threw a heavy legal barrier before any future attempts to lift the ban. Many see the head scarf as an emblem of political Islam, and consider any attempt to allow it in schools as an attack on modern Turkey's secular laws. Some also argue that lifting the ban would create pressure on all female students to cover themselves. Most of Turkey's 70 million people are Muslim. The European Union, which Turkey is trying to join, said the ban was a domestic Turkish issue.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Money changer holds U.S. dollar banknotes as he counts other currency banknotes in Tehran
July 21, 2019
Iran: 1 billion euros intended for essential imports 'disappeared'


Cookie Settings