Court Upholds Headscarf Laws

Germany’s Federal Administrative Court on Thursday upheld a law banning the wearing of headscarves in public schools.

The ruling rejected an appeal by a Muslim teacher in the southern German state of Baden Württemberg who had argued that the law impinged upon her religious rights.

In April, the state government in Stuttgart enacted a law forbidding headscarves in its schools.

Afghan-born Fereshda Ludin had previously taken her case to Germany’s highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court.

The Karlsruhe-based court upheld her right to wear a headscarf, but the judges also gave states the right to pass laws banning headscarves, a move promptly taken by Baden Württemberg and a handful of other states, which argued the hijab violated the state’s religious neutrality.

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June 25, 2004, Germany
June 25, 2004
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