Cloth on Her Head, Constitution in Hand: Germany's Headscarf Debates and the Cultural Politics of Difference Journal Article uri icon



  • The current debate about the headscarf in Gemany has highlighted the growing fear about the role of Islam in Germany that this symbol of Muslim women's "otherness", oppression, & cultural difference represents, & may reveal unresolved conflicts in German national identity. This article focuses on the case of Fereshta Ludin, an Afghani-born German citizen who desired to wear a headscarf & was therefore denied employment in the public school system, in tracing the figure of the Muslim immigrant women & notions of Germanness based on written court decisions, German print media coverage, & responses in German legal journals. The cultural politics at work behind constructions of Germanness, the ease of nationalist appropriation of feminist discourse, & the implications for practice & theory of cultural studies are exposed calling attention to the importance of cultural politics at work in the construction of difference. L. Kehl

publication date

  • October 1, 2004

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  • Weber B

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  • 33

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