Tromsø University professor Nils Aarsæther has banned niqab-wearing students from attending his lectures.

Speaking to NRK recently, he quoted a parliamentary decision "that says a teacher may request to see the face of those who are taught. This is to do with covering the face, not hats or religious symbols."

The niqab covers a woman's face apart from the eyes, and is most commonly worn in Arabian peninsula Arabic countries such as the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Oman, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

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