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Burqas and bikinis: What we need to understand about Muslim women

May 20, 2010

Great op-ed in Newsweek by Muslim novelist Hanan al-Shaykh who addresses the controversies over what Muslim women are wearing (in France with the niqab ban and in the U.S. with the bikini-wearing, pole-dancing Miss USA winner).

This sentence really seems to capture what’s going on:

… the fact is most Arab and Muslim women, like people anywhere, are basically just trying to get by in the culture that’s been handed to them, looking to make a little space for their ambitions, take advantage of opportunities, and find freedom where they can.


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