Azerbaijan: Hijab Ban in Schools Fuels Debate in Baku on Role of Islam

Women wearing hijabs come out of the mosque in Nardaran following a prayer service on Ashura Day (Photo: Rena Effendi)

Azerbaijan’s unofficial ban on Islamic head coverings for girls in public schools is stoking an increasingly emotional debate over how Azeri culture reconciles re-emerging Shi’ite Muslim beliefs with Soviet-era secularist practices.

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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance reporter based in Baku. He is also a board member of the Open Society Foundation - Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Hijab Ban in Schools Fuels Debate in Baku on Role of Islam

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