This article is a discussion of the Shabina Begum case decided by the House of Lords in 2006 which concerned a young Muslim school girl who had been excluded from her school because she had adopted a form of veiling which was different to that specified in her school uniform. The Shabina Begum case illustrates the increasing use of litigation by individuals who seek accommodation of difference in increasingly plural liberal democracies. The article argues that the decision of the House of Lords, which upheld the decision of the school in relation to its own uniform policy, can be understood as a ‘plural’ approach that leaves the choice of how to accommodate ‘difference’ to institutional bodies other than the courts.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2008
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