The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury has shown he will not leave quietly after he reopened the debate over the veil by insisting that the controversial garment can help Muslim women "assert themselves".

Dr Rowan Williams has questioned the view that women hide behind their veils and warned against "what we sometimes think of wrongly as stereotypes".

Speaking at The Sunday Times Literary Festival in Oxford at the weekend, the Archbishop said that his views were influenced by a recent encounter with a teenage Muslim pupil at a Church of Wales school.

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