Public Opinion Divided Over Head Scarf Case

June 29, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On June 29, 2003 The New York Times reported on the case of Fereshta Ludin, an Afghan-born German citizen prohibited from taking a public teaching position for wearing a head scarf. "The officials... contended that the head scarf could have a negative religious influence on schoolchildren." Ms. Ludin's case is now before Germany's Karlsruhe. "The dispute has divided public opinion and become a touchstone for anxieties about the country's growing Islamic minority."