Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

7. What’s Religious Freedom Got to Do With It? On the Niqab Affair in Canadian Politics

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Matt Sheedy [+-]
University of Bonn

Matt Sheedy holds a Ph.D. in the study of religion and is a visiting professor of North American Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research interests include critical social theory, theories of secularism and atheism, as well as representations of Christianity, Islam, and Native American traditions in popular and political culture. He is the author of Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility (Routledge, 2021).

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This essay considers the recent controversy in Canadian politics over the practice of wearing the niqab. Sheedy shows how the lines of social, political, and religious legitimacy can shift dramatically over a single symbol—in this case, a garment worn by some Muslim women—and can itself become “all things to all people” depending on the cultural context in which it is presented.

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Sheedy, Matt. 7. What’s Religious Freedom Got to Do With It? On the Niqab Affair in Canadian Politics. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 61-68 Aug 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35420. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35420. Aug 2020

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