The debate over the wearing of the niqab is a particularly intriguing one because of the nature of Islam. Islam is by no means a uniform religion; just like Christianity, there are numerous different sects that possess different traditions and beliefs. Culture plays a role in this, as well. Knowing this, it should be no surprise that Muslims themselves heavily debate the issue of the wearing of the niqab. Some argue that in the Qu’ran, God demonstrates his desire for women to wear the niqab when He directs them to draw their veils over their bodies. Muslim women may see the wearing of the niqab as an expression of their devotion to God’s desire as well as a way of liberating themselves from the fashion pressures placed on women by the media. Yet there is intense debate about this. Sheikh Mohammed Sayyid Tantawi, who recently died, was a very influential Muslim scholar who denounced the wearing of the niqab as an Islamic belief. He argued that the tradition is purely cultural and has nothing to do with the religion of Islam, and he even issued a “fatwa” (a religious edict) allowing girls to appear unveiled in schools. Because Muslims themselves debate this issue heavily, it complicates the decisions of governments like France even further.