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The Government and Scarves


During election years in the U.S., people talk about taxes, health care, and making schools better. In Turkey, one of the issues they talk about is headscarves.

For most of Turkey’s modern history, the government did not allow women to wear scarves in certain places. Scarves are a symbol of strict Islam in Turkey. But many people in Turkey want their government to be run in a non-religious, or “secular” way.

Strict Muslims want the laws to allow them to wear head coverings. Other people fear that radical Muslims might rule the country by Islamic (or “Shariah”) law if they get more power. Then, they fear, the government might force women to cover their whole bodies, not just their heads.



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