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This article was downloaded by Wilfrid Laurier UniversityOn 11 August 2012 At 1557Publisher RoutledgeInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number 1072954 Registeredoffice Mortimer House 3741 Mortimer Street London W1T 3JH UKAmerican Review of Canadian StudiesPublication details including instructions for authors andsubscription informationhttpwwwtandfonlinecomloirarc20Quebecs Bill 94 Whats ReasonableWhats Accommodation And whatsthe Meaning of the Muslim VeilKyle ConwayVersion of record first published 01 Jun 2012To cite this article Kyle Conway 2012 Quebecs Bill 94 Whats Reasonable WhatsAccommodation And whats the Meaning of the Muslim Veil American Review of CanadianStudies 422 195209To link to this articlehttpdxdoiorg101080027220112012679150PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLEFull terms and conditions of use httpwwwtandfonlinecompagetermsandconditionsThis article may be used for research teaching and private study purposes Anysubstantial or systematic reproduction redistribution reselling loan sublicensingsystematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbiddenThe publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representationthat the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date The accuracy of anyinstructions formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primarysources The publisher shall not be liable for any loss actions claims proceedingsdemand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly orindirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this materialAmericanReviewofCanadianStudiesVol42No2June2012195209QuebecsBill94WhatsReasonableWhatsAccommodationAndwhatstheMeaningoftheMuslimVeilKyleConwayOnMarch242010JusticeMinisterKathleenWeilintroducedBill94calledAnActtoEstablishGuidelinesGoverningAccommodationRequestsWithintheAdministrationandCertainInstitutionsinQuebecsNationalAssemblyIfpassedthebillwouldlimitMuslimwomensabilitytowearafaceveilwhenrequestingservicesfromthegovernmentExaminationofthe51briefssubmittedtotheNationalAssemblybymembersofthepublicinMayOctoberandNovember2010revealsthreedifferentframeworkswitnessesusedtomakesenseofthebilldenedbythegoalstheysoughttoachieveupholdingtheidealsoftheQuietRevolutionencouraginglegalclarityandrespectingtherightsofreligiousbelieversThisarticledescribesthoseframeworksandhowtheyinuencedthemeaningswitnessesattributedtothetermsreasonableandaccommodationandtothesymboloftheMuslimveilitselfKeywordsQuebecBill94reasonableaccommodationsMuslimveilniqabsecularismQuietRevolutionreligiousminorityrightsFewimagesincontemporaryWesternsocietyevokeasmuchconsternationasthatofaMuslimwomanwearingaveilThepoweroftheveilasasymbolofoppressionisapparentinthewaythatithelpedmakeitacceptabletohailthewarlaunchedagainstAfghanistanin2001asawarofliberationofwomenLazreg20091ItisalsoapparentinthewayithaspromptedmunicipalregionalandnationalgovernmentsincountriessuchasFranceBelgiumSpainandDenmarktopasslegislationbanningtheveilinitsvariousincarnationsespeciallytheniqabwhichcoversawomansfaceandtheburqawhichcoversawomansfaceandbodyItspowerasasymbolhasbecomeincreasinglymanifestinCanadaandespeciallyinQuebecwhosegovernmentjoinedthoselistedabovewhenJusticeMinisterKathleenWeilintroducedBill94intheNationalAssemblyonMarch242010ThebillcalledAnActtoEstablishGuidelinesGoverningAccommodationRequests1wouldWithintheAdministrationandCertainInstitutionsGovernmentofQuebec2010Downloaded by Wilfrid Laurier University at 1557 11 August 2012 requireeveryonerequestingservicesfromthegovernmentaswellasthegovernmentalrepresentativesfulllingthoserequeststointeractwiththeirfaceuncoveredThebilldoesnotmentionIslamexplicitlybutasmanyobserverspointoutitwouldhaveadisproportionateeffectonMuslimwomenwearingaveilNationalPublicRadio2010ThisarticleexaminesBill94thecontroversyithasengenderedandthemeaningsQuebecersattributetotheMuslimveilinWesternsecularizedsocietyQuebecisausefulcasestudyforunderstandingtheencounterbetweenIslamandtheWestQuebecshistorysincetheQuietRevolutionofthe1960swhentheprovinceunderwentadramaticchangeinitsselfconceptionhasshapeditsrelationshipwithitsMuslimcitizensinveryparticularwaysOneoutcomeoftheQuietRevolutionhasbeenanemphasisoncollectiverightsinparticularthoseofFrancophoneQuebecersasanecessaryISSN02722011printISSN19439954online2012ACSUShttpdxdoiorg101080027220112012679150httpwwwtandfonlinecom
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