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While the debate over banning the burqa rages in France, Belgium, Spain, and the UK, Syria, a country whose population is 93% Muslim, has banned the niqab (a veil similar to the burqa) from Syrian universities—barring both teachers and students from wearing it.
Why would the minister of higher education and the government in a predominantly Muslim country do this? In an interview this past March, Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad said, that "the greatest challenge facing his country was warding off religious 'extremism,'" reports CNN. "How can we keep our society as secular as it is today?"
· Secular Syria's veil ban [CNN]
· Debate: does the freedom to wear burkas empower women? [Racked]