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More Muslim Women against the Burqa

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Submitted by zzazzeefrazzee (United States), Nov 16, 2006 at 00:16

Forgot to add this lovely little essay. A little old, but still very relevant, and speaks volumes about the attitudes that some of your readers may harbor. http://www.mwlusa.org/publications/opinion/veil.html Is forcing women to NOT wear a veil- meaning a HIJAB, not a Niqab, a positive, constructive thing? Look at teh struggle in Turkey today, largely a backlash against Attatürk's militant policies.

Look at Iran, and the blacklash that occurs when you go from the extreme of the Shah (banned veil) to the Ayatollah? Many Muslim women effectively argue these points far better than American men can begin to fathom! ttp://www.middleastwomen.org/html/womeninarabworld.htm

Maybe we need to feature such women a little more rather than abjectly perpetuate the false notion that veil-wearing is somehow instinsicly Islamic? maybe that would do more to help educate Americans about Islam as a diverse entity? Maybe it would demonstrate that such brave women often do this at greater risk to their personal safety than many in the west acknowledge? Maybe they are setting an example?

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