Christine Overall, Queen’s University
Naïma Atef Amed has twice been forced out of government-funded French language classes for new immigrants in Montreal. The reason is that she wears a niqab, a face veil chosen by some Muslim women. As a philosopher, I’m interested in whether the reasons used to defend this action are justified.
Officials first said that wearing the niqab interferes with education. “Pedagogical principles” and...