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Why Women Wear -- or Don't Wear -- the Hijab in Central Eurasia

Radio Europe/Radio Liberty has posted a fascinating series of video interviews with women in Central Eurasia explaining why they wear -- or don't wear -- the hijab.

It puts into interesting regional perspective this debate that has so seized Westerners about the headscarves controversy in France and the increasing role of headscarves as political protest. The lower house of the French parliament has voted to ban the wearing of the Islamic full veil in public and the bill awaits ratification by the French senate in September; headscarves are already banned in schools.

Among the RFE/RL videos are interviews with Asylkan Sadykova and Dinara Osmonova from Kyrgyzstan, who explain why they don't wear the hijab, and with Eliza Kaldybaeva who explains why she does. The population of Kyrgyzstan is 75 percent Muslim.

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Why Women Wear -- or Don't Wear -- the Hijab in Central Eurasia

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