Francesca Raimondo

Religion and Canadian Identity: The Challenge of the Niqab at Citizenship Ceremonies

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Keywords: Canada; Identity Politics; Religion; Niqab; Oath of Citizenship.

The debate around religion and identity in the Canadian context has received extra fuel thanks to the Ishaq v. Canada decision. Reversing the ministerial ban on "niqab" during citizenship ceremonies, the decision sets the stage for a deeper reflection on the variable and often problematic relationship between religion and identity. Equally thought-provoking is the role of the setting in which the debate arises: the "citizenship oath", the official entrance of a new member into the «Canadian family».

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