A Scottish Muslim writer who has received death threats for repeatedly criticising Islamic doctrine wants women to be banned from wearing the "oppressive" burqa.

Paigham Mustafa, who claims to be living under a fatwa issued in 2001 by Glasgow imams after he published articles questioning mosque teachings, made the controversial comments after Austria became the latest European country to prohibit face veils in public.

From the beginning of this month Muslim women in Austria who wear a veil which covers the face will be fined around £130. Similar restrictions are in place in France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. And last week Quebec became the first North American province to ban citizens from wearing face coverings in public places.

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