Vanguard

Season 2008 Episode 228

Scarf Wars

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Aired Unknown Feb 28, 2008 on Current TV
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Turkey, with 70 million people, the majority of them being Muslim, has long been seen as a leading example of western values co-existing with Islam. To achieve that, Turkey has enforced an extreme separation of religion and government, even to the point of banning the wearing of the traditional Muslim headscarf by government employees and university students. But Turkey's new ruling party is headed by men whose wives wear headscarves and who are trying to roll back the ban on headscarves. Although they aren't proposing any other changes to Turkey's enforced secularism, the issue of the scarf has touched off a cultural war inside Turkey, one that could have a larger impact on how Islam and the West co-exist.moreless
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