Many Muslims worldwide either support or adopt religious veiling yet public debate about the veil frequently throws up a number of concerns, from questions of health and freedom of choice to issues of gender and personal identity.

Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Refusing the Veil) argues that veiling oppresses feminism, distorts Muslim values and strips women of autonomy and individuality. She debates the issue with journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy (Headscarves and Hymens) and cultural critic Ziauddin Sardar. Chaired by the BBC’s Home Editor, Mark Easton.

Please note, latecomers will not be admitted after the opening remarks.