British Muslim Cleric Calls for Burqa Ban in UK

An Oxford-based Muslim cleric has called for Britain to ban the burqa, arguing that the wearing of a face veil is not Islamic but the product of a misogynistic culture.

In a statement made to a conference on Islam held over the weekend, Dr. Taj Hargey of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford called on the British government to follow other European countries such as France and Belgium in outlawing face veils, arguing that not only are they hostile to Western ideals of gender equality, but they are also not Islamic.

“Since the burqa and niqab are ancient habits and not mentioned in the Koran, it is, therefore, pre-Islamic, not Koranic and ipso facto un-Muslim.”