Turkey: Turkey ends headscarf ban in universities
A ban had been in place since 1997, brought in following pressure from Turkey's secular military. Some claimed the ban prevented many women in Muslim-majority Turkey from accessing higher education.
Under the new rules, women will be able to wear traditional headscarves, tied under the chin, BBC News reported. Headscarves covering the neck will not be allowed, nor will all-covering burqas.
Critics of the new law say it will religion to influence a strictly secular state.
"We say it will damage secularity," Ural Akbulut, rector of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, told the BBC. "Once you do that - we believe you damage democracy."
But many Muslim women have welcomed the move, saying their dress is only a reflection of their personal beliefs.
By: Amana Staff
11 February 2008