Rench Opposition to the Muslim Veil (Headscarf)

In this essay, you will research some aspect of global politics of the veil and examine associated ethical and social justice issues through substantive research, including examination of primary sources. You may focus on a geographic context of your choice. Some examples are: Belgium, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, the United Kingdom, etc. (NOT the United States). I have made every effort to meet with you individually to ensure your topics are appropriate for the paper, and I hope you have taken advantage of those opportunities early in the semester.

Some examples of research topics:

The laws/policies restricting girls from wearing hijab in [country name]

The laws/policies forcing girls or women to wear hijab in [country name]

Restrictions on veiled womenas participation in athletic events

Demonization of the hijab in movies

The social circumstances of women in relation to mandatory veiling in [country name]

I permit students to select topics and issues that are relevant to their subject areas, such as Psychology, Sociology, Education, Philosophy, Political Science and Literature, but clear your choice with me prior to writing the essay in the Proposal stage so that your work may be relevant to our course. Your essay will be 5-7 pages (not including bibliography). It will have an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion. I have suggested lengths for individual sections. Total paper (not including bibliography) must be 5-7 pages (no more, no less.)

Introduction(About A? a page)
What is your topic? [1 sentence]
Give us a brief overview of the historical, social and/or political context of your topic [About 4-6 sentences]
Why is it important, urgent, or timely? [2 sentences]

Main body [how you address this section will depend on your topic, and the sources you find, but here are some possible ways of addressing it:] (this should be the bulk of paper. minimum 4pgs).

The Events (about 3-4 pages)

What happened? [1 paragraph, about 6-10 sentences]
What was the context (Donat repeat what you said in 1b, but give us necessary additional detail)? What was happening in the country/region/world that made this issue happen or made it significant?
Who is involved and how?
What might happen as a result?
How is it relevant to the working of a healthy democratic society?
What are some alternative scenarios?

Ethical Section: [All papers must have this section] 1-2 pages

What is right or wrong (or just/unjust, ethical/unethical) about what happened or is happening? Explain your position clearly.
Explain arguments on the a?other sidesa?. Refer to each argument and explain why you disagree with them.

Conclusion: Summarize your paper and re-state your argument in the ethical section (1/2 a page only).
Bibliography: Bibliography page, which includes only those sources used in the writing of the essay. You should use or refer to at least 8 primary and secondary sources, at least 3 of which must be outside our class readings. At least 8 of these sources must be peer-reviewed (peer-reviewed scholarly books and journal articles). You may use additional sources that are newspaper and magazine articles (helpful note: Macleanas, USA Today, Mother Jones, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education etc. are magazines and periodicals, not journals). But as with the proposal, non-scholarly sources shouldnat be your main sources.


Stedmann Wilson
IN 350: Global Politics of the Veil
September 24, 2012
Research Essay Proposal
The topic Iall be discussing pertains to why the French are opposed to Muslims wearing the veil and how it violates their rights to express themselves in society. The big issues that arise from this revolt against this group in society involve the fact that women wear this veil to represent them being a woman. Itas a way of them expressing their religion in culture as well as providing a sexuality coveting. Events that led to this debate include, but arenat limited to the 1989 debate in a small town outside Paris that a principal banned students from wearing the hijab because he felt that it was a form of proselytism and socially divided the students instead of them being viewed as equal. There will also be an examination as to what are possible other causes to the ban for hijabs in society in France aside from just the ideal of separatism, such as the association by affiliation theory; most Muslims are considered terrorist and itas a way to protect their identity. To conclude, it is morally unjust to restrict any human from expressing their way of life because of oneas perception as to how society ought to be. There is a discontinuity as to what it actually is to coexist in society without sacrificing individualism, and the French are revealing this in their strides to ban the hijab.

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