Turkey poised to lift ban on Islamic head scarves in universities

Turkey is roiling with debate over just what kind of head scarves will be permitted if a ban on Islamic covering in universities is lifted, with one influential figure warning that the constitution could become a "fashion magazine." The government said Friday that it was seeking suggestions on permissible styles for female students, a day before an expected parliamentary vote that would amend the constitution and allow Islamic head scarves on campus. The issue illustrates the deep divide between the Islamic-oriented government, which won a mandate in elections last year, and the military-backed, secular establishment, which has seen its power erode in recent years.