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Mayanthi Fernando and Jennifer A. Selby


Short Skirts and Niqab Bans: On Sexuality and the Secular Body

[Non A L'islamisme. Image by Tangi Bertin]

Introduced in Québec in March 2010, Bill 94 proposed requiring women to unveil their faces if they wanted to work in the public sector or access public services, including hospitals, universities, and public transportation. The bill was eventually tabled and was followed in November 2013 with Bill 60, which demanded in more generalist language the removal of conspicuous religious signs in order to dispense or use public services in the province. These Québécois bills—which ...

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Mayanthi Fernando and Jennifer A. Selby


Jennifer A. Selby is associate professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is the author of Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and co-editor of Debating Sharia (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Mayanthi L. Fernando is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She works on the intersection of religion, politics, secularism, and sexuality. Her first book, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke University Press) will be out in September 2014.