Glamorous Muslim Political Women
by Daniel Pipes
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In a blog, "Hijabs on Western Political Women," I displayed a brood of queens, princesses, first ladies, members of congress, foreign ministers, journalists, and even movie stars looking anywhere from faintly ridiculous to outlandishly bad as they wear some variant of a hijab.
It then occurred to me, what about Muslim political women – are they all in hijabs, chadors, jilbabs, niqabs, and burqas? A little research found that at least some of them not only avoid any Islamic apparel but fit a Western standard of beauty and glamor, making a sharp contrast to those Europeans and Americans in their tatty hijabs.
Beyond making this contrast, offering their pictures here suggests that, at least in the highest political circles, the Islamists will meet strenuous opposition from women. So, bring on the sequinned gowns, jeans, jewelery, curling irons, and make-up.
Let's start with Khadiga el-Gamal, wife of Gamal Mubarak, daughter-in-law of Husni Mubarak, and possible future first lady of Egypt.
Queen Rania of Jordan:
Sheikha Mawza (also spelled Mozah), wife of Hamd bin Khalifa, ruler of Qatar, deemed one of the world's best-dressed women by Vanity Fair magazine:
Mehriban Aliyeva, wife of the president of Azerbaijan:
Asma Al Assad, wife of Bashar Al-Assad, ruler of Syria:
Princess Consort Lalla Salma, wife of Muhammad VI, king of Morocco:
Princess Haya, wife of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai:
Aesha (or Ayesha) Qaddafi, daughter of Mu'ammar, ruler of Libya:
Princess Amira Al-Taweel, wife of Saudi prince Waleed bin Talal:
Farah Diba, former empress of Iran:
Benazir Bhutto, the late prime minister of Pakistan:
Gulnara "GooGoosha" Karimova, daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov:
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar, daughter, sister, and aunt of emirs and called "the art world's most powerful woman":
Sheikha Raya Al-Khalifa, born to the ruling family and married into the Qatar counterpart, is a self-described fashionista and celebrated as such.
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