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Hilal Elver


New Texts Out Now: Hilal Elver, The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion

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Hilal Elver, The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Hilal Elver (HE): My experience in Turkey in relation to the headscarf is the main reason for writing the book. Turkey is very much a divided society: ninety-nine percent of the population is Muslim and it is a significantly religious society, yet it has also developed a secular legal order and ...

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Hilal Elver


Hilal Elver is a Research Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she has been Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2002, and is co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy housed at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB. Previously she was the UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta; she has also taught at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Law. Her publications focus on international environmental law and human rights, specifically in relation to women's rights; among her publications are the books Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Case of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers and The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion.