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This year marks 25 years of Project Syndicate. That’s 25 years of authoritative insight into topics in the news and the issues driving them. To mark the occasion, we bring you PS 25, a celebration of 25 years of the world’s smartest opinion page. Through the end of the year, we will delve into our archive to select 25 of our hardest-hitting commentaries of the past quarter-century. Join us in recognizing the contributions of the renowned political leaders, policymakers, and scholars who have made Project Syndicate what it is – and get an unparalleled view of the key events, challenges, and trends that shaped a generation.

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    Confused by the Veil

    Jul 16, 2007 Elif Shafak

    To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS is republishing a selection of commentaries written since 1994. 

    In this commentary from 2007, Elif Shafak explains that the headscarf is far from a telltale sign of religious conservatism or fundamentalism, and it is worn by a diverse array of women for vastly different cultural, political, or personal reasons.

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