Burqas and Niqabs

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INTRODUCTION:

I. Attention Getter:
What do you think of when you see a person wearing traditional Islamic clothing? You think that he is a terrorist or has somewhat connects to terrorism. Well this is stereotyping and also discriminating against a Muslim person, just because of his appearance.

II. Relation to Audience:
Recent bans on the public wearing of burqas and niqabs have caused a great deal of controversy. As shown by the article “French burka ban: police arrest two veiled women”, there are three countries in Europe: Belgium, France and Holland which are prohibiting the burka.

III. Preview & Thesis:
This trend not only breaches international laws of religious and cultural freedom but also is human right abuse.

Transition:

BODY:

I. Burqsa and niqabs are traditional outer garments worn by Muslim women to cover their head and body in public places. A. The burqa covers the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes. (dictionary.com)

B. The niqab is a type of veil that is made of lightweight opaque fabric and leaves only the eyes uncovered. (dictionary.com)

C. It is obligatory for a Muslim woman to dress in the presence of men who are not related to her.

Transition:
II. Banning the use of burqas and niqabs means to defy the religion and tradition. (Geoffrey) A. Burqas and niqabs are not part of a short-lived fashion trend but both have been commonly recognized by Muslims throughout history. They are a part of Islam that is not subject to time and does not become outdated. B. Burqas and niqabs have an Islamic basic which is a religious garment and act of worship.

Transition:

III. Banning burqas and niqabs run counter to human rights violation including isolation and discrimination against Muslims.

A. Such bans offend human-right standards, particularly the right to respect for one’s private life and identity. 1.
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