Naturally, stories from Europe about banning “Islamic” clothing tend to grab the world’s attention and make headlines. The debacle is well-known and well-discussed the world over.
What’s perhaps lesser known, however, is that Europe is not alone in its legislation against “Islamic” clothing. In fact, some of the most guilty nations when it comes to banning these types of clothing are in the Middle East and Africa. Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, and even tiny Muslim-majority Kosovo have storied histories of maintaining a Muslim identity – but without the veil.