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The Nuances of the Burqa

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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“The burqa can be seen as a tool to increase mobility and security, a nuance often missed in the outside world’s image of the garment. Assuming that a burqa-clad woman is not empowered and in need of liberation is a naïve construct.”

So says the Lonely Planet guidebook on Afghanistan.

Agree? Disagree?

Have you ever worn a burqa?

Ramadan Around the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities around the world. Here’s one author’s round-up.

Do you do something differently? How do you observe Ramadan where you live?

Wearing Muslim Head Scarf At Work

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “A former hostess at a Disneyland restaurant is suing Disney for not allowing her to wear her Muslim head scarf, or hijab, at work.”

Have you (or do you know someone) who’s had similar problems?

“Mistaken Identity”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Mistaken identity” implies that there is a “correct” target, and it further implies that hate violence should rightfully be directed at Muslims. This is absolutely unacceptable.

This quotation is from a blog post on The Washington Post site yesterday (August 10, 2012) by Valarie Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh.

Well said!

Previous Posts

Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia
The Associated Press reports: "Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf." It's a sad state of affairs when an uncovered head resu

posted 4:40:40am Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

The Day the Queen Drove the King
Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web: When Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour. One of the stories (this one from PBS): When Queen Elizabeth t

posted 7:37:08pm Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »

What's Next for Saudi Arabia?
King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia? As The New York Times put it: "The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance." Some places to read about the transit

posted 1:28:38pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

If It's Not Charlie Hebdo, It's Boko Haram
The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon's information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015). Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.

posted 1:56:17pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Duke University Backtracks on Diversity
This writer isn't sure what to think about this turnaround on the part of Duke University's administration. First they announced they'd do the call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower for Friday's jummah prayer. Then, yesterday they come out with this press release: "Duke University has rec

posted 1:57:18pm Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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