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  • Author: Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich x
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Abstract

Following the refugee crisis 2015 and the terror attacks by Islamists in Europe, there was a media debate in Germany on the yashmaks of female Muslims in Summer 2016, called the burqa-debate. Taking this debate as a starting point, the chapter discusses rituals and taboos of religious communities in a secular society. Proceeding from a sociological definition of rituals, the paper then attempts to present a terminological framework for the analysis of taboos in intercultural communication and applies the critical discussion of stereotypical assumptions to the current debate in secular countries in Europe on women wearing a burqa in public. The example serves for dealing with the problem of asymmetry in taboo discourse.