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Authors: C Barrett (The York Management School)
Published in: 1997
Length: 19 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

In October 1989 three Muslim girls were barred from wearing headscarves in class in a French school at Creil, north-east of Paris. This triggered a national debate in France which went far beyond the incident itself. While this case examines the original incident and the surrounding debate, it also prompts students to think about the many cross-cutting issues raised, such as secularism, multi-culturalism, education, the rights of ethnic minorities, as well as group and individual rights and gender. These issues have wider implications beyond the specifically French dimensions of the incident. The original reason for writing the case came from the use of the events at Creil to elucidate issues of toleration in political theory. However, because it raises so many different issues, the case lends itself to use in a wide variety of courses concerned broadly with issues dealing with the politics of multi-culturalism.

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Abstract

In October 1989 three Muslim girls were barred from wearing headscarves in class in a French school at Creil, north-east of Paris. This triggered a national debate in France which went far beyond the incident itself. While this case examines the original incident and the surrounding debate, it also prompts students to think about the many cross-cutting issues raised, such as secularism, multi-culturalism, education, the rights of ethnic minorities, as well as group and individual rights and gender. These issues have wider implications beyond the specifically French dimensions of the incident. The original reason for writing the case came from the use of the events at Creil to elucidate issues of toleration in political theory. However, because it raises so many different issues, the case lends itself to use in a wide variety of courses concerned broadly with issues dealing with the politics of multi-culturalism.

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