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Women at Work in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It has always seemed strange to me that many in the Muslim world continue to relegate half the population to the shadows.

Yes, I’m talking about the role of women — and that’s especially true in places such as Saudi Arabia, “with rigid cultural attitudes and restrictions on women that include preventing them from driving”.

The New York Times has waded into the fray with this piece: “A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work”.

What’s your take? Will the kingdom eventually realize that at least half its future depends on its women?

The Pope: Violence in the Name of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

pope-francisAccording to a report by Reuters, Pope Francis (the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics) said yesterday (November 30, 2014) that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

During a trip to Turkey, the pope also opined that the Islamic State was committing a “profoundly grave sin against God” with its actions in Syria and Iraq.

(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion

posted by Suzy Shuraym

An article by Vanessa Friedman in this week’s New York Times discusses the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Such events have always puzzled me. If the objective of the “cover your hair” dictate for women is to promote modesty, how in the world can purposefully drawing attention to oneself carry out that directive?

André Carson

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post‘s Paul Vale has penned an extensive interview with one of two Muslim congressmen, André Carson. He covered a wide range of topics, including the interplay between the Christian and Muslim communities in the United States.

A Democrat, Carson represents Indiana’s Seventh District. One of his thoughtful comments: “Muslims should be mindful that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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