Swiss voters have approved a highly controversial ban on the building of minarets across the country.
Originally proposed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, the measure was condemned by the Swiss parliament, which said the ban would promote the interests of extremists.
The U.N. human rights watchdog also announced its concern about the measure.
Dr. Peter Mandaville is an Associate Professor at George Mason and the co-director of the the school’s Center for Global Studies. He joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the Swiss referendum forbidding the building of new minarets in Switzerland. Mandaville argues that the measure represents how concerns over the growth of Islam in Europe have become conflated with fear of Islamic extremism.
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