March 2009, Polity
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Times Higher Education
"The strength of this book lies in the comparison of three states' responses to the headscarf issue, providing a thorough account for a reader new to this subject."
"Joppke's Veil retrieves a topic subjected to clichéd overkill for genuine scholarly analysis. It is erudite, readable and unrivalled, a no-punches-pulled critique of the relationship between Islam, gender and liberalism. Informative, thought-provoking and powerful, it reaches new heights and is a must-read for the informed, or bemused, about Islam in the West."
Paul Statham, University of Bristol
"All of the trademark features of Joppke's style are in evidence here: a talent for linking empirical and normative questions in a sophisticated yet clear way; an ability to synthesize a wide range of literature and sharply formulate the key issues; and a willingness to challenge and indeed provoke his readers."
Rogers Brubaker, University of California
"Veil is a highly original and systematic analysis of one of the major problems which Western, especially European, societies are confronting. It is an outstanding contribution, and should be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists and historians."
S. N. Eisenstadt, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
"One of the most difficult issues for a liberal state is to consider the conflict between religious freedom and liberal values. Written with pace, authority and wit, Christian Joppke provides the reader with a deeper understanding of western Europe’s struggle with manifestations of religious identity."
Kamal Ahmed, Equality and Human Rights Commission