Reflections on the Burkini: Symbol of Oppression, Liberation, but mostly Power

‘I am convinced that the burkini debate has nothing to do either with the oppression or with the liberation of women. This paradox currently playing out in French society is encapsulated in the very word ‘burkini.’ Snubbing both sides of the debate, the burkini makes a mockery both of the oppressive burka and of the immodest bikini.’
Well said. Thanks, Martin.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

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by Martin Accad

You may be thinking: ‘Not another blog about the Burkini!’ Many of us have grown tired of these divisive issues. The building of minarets in Switzerland, of another mosque in America, or the debate over whether Muslim courts with limited jurisdiction over family affairs should be allowed to emerge in the West; all of it has become rather tiresome.

Let’s face it: the matter has become little to do with women’s rights to dress as they please, or their not having the right to wear certain garments. This is about a deepening and growing social rift and struggle within western societies.

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