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August 26, 2016

From Cannes to Bavaria, politicians fiddle with burkini bans while Europe boils

by
Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray

Originally published in the Telegraph.

Until a few years ago, nobody had heard of a burkini. After this summer, it is unlikely many people will want to hear about the garment ever again. The fact that this item of beach clothing has become such a colossal story is deeply telling of the underlying issues of our time: issues not only to do with the present state of Islam, but also central issues with the current state of the West.

Unknown (and un-invented) though the burkini was until recently, its emergence says much about the global regression of Islam in our day. Throughout Islamic history, injunctions to “modesty” have been agreed upon, but precisely what forms this should take have varied widely.

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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