The hijab survived the controversy it once generated because it is a milder form of modesty. Allow me to mention that our mothers and sisters didn't feel the need to wrap their heads or cover their faces and still maintained their modesty in public.
From a hard knot of contradictions a further thread has unravelled, and the most preposterous rationalization of all, particularly coming out of the mouths of men - that the niqab is a feminist declaration.
Whoever today does not add an S to 'veil' and, even worse, refers to ‘The Islamic Veil' (singular), wittingly or unwittingly, promotes the fundamentalist agenda. In these troubled times of history, I have become finicky about concepts and epistemology, writes sociologist and founder of WLUML, Marieme Hélie-Lucas
Morocco is making major changes to religious education, in particular regarding whether young girls should wear headscarves.
Please join us for a reception for the WLUML exhibition "Dress codes & modes - women’s dress in some Muslim countries and communities," on 28 September, 5.30-7.30pm in the EVDS Gallery of the University of Calgary.
Headscarves can elicit many questions. Shazeera Ahmad Zawawi, a 27-year-old female Malaysian Muslim, fields them all the time.
The country is seeing a sudden escalation of brutal attacks on what are being called the 'immorals' - homosexual men and children as young as 11 who have been forced into same-sex prostitution.
Please join us for a unique cultural and political exhibit ""Dress codes & modes - women’s dress in some Muslim countries and communities."
They are unlikely to grace any catwalk or adorn the figures of supermodels, but the latest in Islamic fashions got top billing from Iran's religious authorities in an exhibition and countering the influence of western clothing.
EuroPride 2006 was billed as a Pride of diversity. Watching the morning march, with its float of gay Muslim groups Safra & Imaan, and Beit Klal Yisrael, Black Lesbians UK, as well as trans, BDSM, & many other groups, the diversity motto seemed convincing.
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