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Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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.” […]

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The Day the Queen Drove the King

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

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What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

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Repressive Gender Laws

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Saudi Arabia is the only country on Earth where women are prohibited from driving. How in the world do we let a petroleum producing country get away with that? Why aren’t American Muslim women ridiculing the aging Saudi princes for […]

Saudia to Segregate Airplane Seats

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Somehow it’s comforting to know that both Saudia Arabians and ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are stuck in the same time warp. Saudia is poised to begin seating that does not allow men to sit next to unrelated women. The haredim have […]

Arrested for Driving While Female

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here we go again. Two women have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for the crime of driving. Seriously? Yeah: only in Saudi Arabia. But, why? We all know Saudi women (and girls) who have driven cars in the kingdom — […]

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 […]

Hold Pakistan Accountable

posted by Suzy Shuraym

One of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries. As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of […]

One Reason Islam is Viewed Negatively

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the eyes of most of the world, there is no reason for the capricious restrictions on women’s movement in Saudi Arabia. Is there another country in the world that restricts driving to one sex? When women drive on Saudi […]

“Traveling While Muslim”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a long-standing discussion in the United States about DWB arrests (that “driving while black” is reason enough for the police to pull over a motorist). Now, evidently, this has been expanded to “traveling while Muslim”. This story is simultaneously […]

Women Can’t Make the Hajj?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Nigerian officials say 908 Muslim women pilgrims traveling to Mecca face deportation from Saudi Arabia for traveling without male relatives.” Read the rest here. What would the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say?

An Auction of a Suicide Bomber?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What do you think of this video?

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What’s your take on her participation in the Olympics? One report is here. A snippet: “In remarks carried on the Olympics website, Shahrkhani said her journey was only just beginning.” Is she a trailblazer for Saudi women?

Islam and the Olympics

posted by Suzy Shuraym

For the first time — ever — women from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are competing in the Olympic Games. Methinks Muslim women from non-Muslim-majority countries have competed before. Why is this different?

Why Shouldn’t Saudi Women Drive?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Arab News, transportation costs consume half of a woman’s income in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. What possible reason could there be in the 21st century to forbid women to drive? From an American perspective, it looks […]

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"Headscarves and Hymens"
“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it'll take longer to enlighten the men). Snippet: "I think if you whittle ...

posted 6:50:40pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

The Hooligans of ISIS
Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives. How a serious "caliphate" can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The ...

posted 11:59:52am Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS: A World of "Shared Secrets"
Here's a frightening thought: ISIS is adapting the techniques of pedophiles to lure Muslim teens to Syria: What ISIS Learned From Pedophiles "The jihadis build fantasy relationships, play on a child’s suspicion of parents, and lure their ...

posted 10:07:37pm Apr. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Foreign Workers: 90% of Qatar’s Population.
"In Qatar, where at least one immigrant worker dies per day working to complete its World Cup infrastructure by 2022, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they had in order to break a Guinness World Record." Read the ...

posted 1:43:29pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Women's Photography in Casablanca
"During the first two weeks of April, the city of Casablanca, Morocco, will become a haven for public art. The Billboard Festival, an art festival of epic proportions, will take over 63 billboards throughout the city to showcase photography ...

posted 1:10:39pm Apr. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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