By all estimates, it’s a minority of diaspora Muslim women in Europe and Great Britain that appear in public with their faces and bodies totally veiled. The exact number is difficult to document yet there are just enough of them on the street to bother and intimidate some of us.
The result is an aggressive debate that just won’t go away. The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled in favor of France’s law banning full face veiling in public. There is also a legal ban in Belgium and in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino, Switzerland. As the movement gains momentum in Europe, there is now a petition campaign in Great Britain to get 100,000 signatures, enough to force a parliamentary debate on the subject.
Read the rest here.
I think that if Muslim women in Europe and Britain want to wear head coverings, they should. It shows that they are proud members of the religious, cultural and political civilization of Islam. But if they don’t, they shouldn’t be coerced into it.
Here’s an article about this view.
But niqabs and burkas in public places should be banned since they can be used as a disguise for criminals for both sexes and hinder identification by the victims. It’s a security issue.
Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.
The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad, also listed guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn, part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam.
“The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing,” said the Islamic State in a statement.
“This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theater for the eyes of those who are looking.”
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The Islamic State provided guidelines on how women should dress in Mosul, one of Iraq’s biggest cities. The hands and feet must be covered. Wear shapeless clothes that don’t hug the body. No perfume.
The insurgents run vice patrols in Mosul which answer to a morality committee which has shut Mosul’s college of fine arts and physical education, knocked down statues of famous poets and banned smoking and waterpipes.
Women have been told to never walk unaccompanied by a male guardian. The Islamic State even ordered shopkeepers to cover their store mannequins with full-face veils.
Read the rest: Iraqi Women Must Wear Full Body Cover in Caliphate
Islamist group al-Shabaab, which controls much of southern and central Somalia, has begun imposing clothing restrictions on women en masse, arresting as many as one hundred women this week for not complying with its fundamentalist dress code.
The BBC reports http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27829343 that al-Shabaab “rounded up around 100 women and ordered them to comply with a strict Islamic dress code or risk being whipped.”
The women were arrested in a market in Buale, a town southwest of Mogadishu. According to those reports, the women were detained for a short time and threatened with whipping should they not comply with al-Shabaab and wear a niqab – the more involved head covering which leaves open only space for a woman’s eyes.
The women, BBC reports, were released because it was their “first offense,” but they were warned that a second such arrest would result in physical abuse. Dress code for Islamist militants in the area, BBC adds, becomes more difficult to impose as the weather turns warmer, with summer heat reaching extremely high temperatures.
Read the rest: Somali Islamists Impose Niqab on Women.
The niqab is not Sunna. These jihadists are the dregs of the male gender obliterating the female, literally defacing her as if she were a stone statue, taking away her personality, taking away her very humanity. This is not the sting of the glass ceiling, the snub of the good ole boy network. This is true oppression. This is the real war on women that progressives deny is happening.
When you see a woman in your town wearing a burqa, does it make you feel invaded? If so, does that mean you are an intolerant racist? Does that mean you are a narrow-minded bigot?
Let me ask you another question: If you see a nun in your town wearing a nun’s habit, do you feel invaded? If you see a Tibetan Buddhist monk in your town wearing monk robes, do you feel invaded? If not, then “narrow-minded bigot” and “intolerant racist” must miss the mark. Something else is causing you to feel invaded when you see a woman in a burqa.
A burqa is a visible sign indicating that the wearer is following a particular ideology. If we see a Catholic nun in a Catholic nun habit, we can guess with a high degree of certainty what ideology she follows. If we see a Tibetan monk with a shaved head and a saffron robe, we can guess with a high degree of certainty what ideology he is following. If we see a man who has shaved his head and has a swastika tattooed on his neck, we can guess with a high degree of certainty what ideology he follows.
Read the rest here: Woman in a Burka.
A Sudanese woman accused of “indecent” attire because she refused to cover her hair remains in legal limbo after a court appearance on Monday.
Amira Osman Hamid faces a possible whipping if convicted of violating Sudan’s laws governing morality, which took effect after the 1989 Islamist-backed coup by President Omar Al Bashir.
The defence asked in September that the charge be withdrawn but the prosecution is still weighing how to proceed, Amira and one of her lawyers said after Monday’s hearing in Jebel Aulia, just outside Khartoum.
The court is waiting for the prosecutor to either send the file back to court for additional hearings, or to quash the case, Amira said.
Read the rest: Sudanese Woman Faces Whipping for Refusing to Cover Hair.
A woman in Sudan says she will risk being whipped if it means highlighting the violation of women’s rights.
Amira Osman Hamed will go on trial next week after she refused to cover her hair in accordance with Muslim tradition.
Dozens of Sudanese women say they have had enough of repressive laws.
They are fighting for their rights, and want to be acknowledged by government.
Hamed was arrested last month for not wearing the traditional Muslim headgear known as the hijab.
She was charged with wearing indecent clothing and is currently awaiting trial. If found guilty, she could be lashed.
But Hamed says she will not back down. “I’ll take a risk to tell what is happening in our country and I hope that will be the last time a Sudanese woman is arrested by this law.”
Read the rest here.
Amira is among the avant garde in the West. See the discussion here.
A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom’s religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas.
The Al-Yawm daily on Monday cited an unnamed official from the powerful religious police as saying women can ride bikes in parks and recreational areas but they have to be accompanied by a male relative and dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya.
Read the rest: Saudi Women Can Ride Bikes But With Restrictions
Ah yes, there’s nothing like a little ride on the bike in your black polyester bag, accompanied by your brother.
Taking a page out of the book of the Ukrainian FEMEN movement, Iranian female activists bared their breasts in the streets of Stockholm in protest against the hijab headscarf that Islamic women must wear.
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In the same style as the notorious FEMEN group, the women painted their bodies with slogans, including “My nudity is my protest” and “No to hijab” and they also displayed pictures from anti-Islamic demonstrations by FEMEN.
The topless images from the protest are displayed on FEMEN’S official website, http://femen.org/en/gallery/id/148#post-content along with messages of support, with members of the “sextremist” movement expressing their confidence that “in the historical battle ‘woman v. Islam’ women will win!”
Read the rest: Iranian Women Bare Breasts to Protest Hijab.
The Gaza Strip’s Al-Aqsa University recently advertised a sweeping order that beginning in the second semester, female students will be required to arrive in traditional Muslim garb, from head to toe, burka included.
Although the university is a public institution seemingly affiliated with the Palestinian Education Ministry in
Ralmallah, it is controlled by Hamas.
Many students have expressed indignation over this decision, claiming that it violates their public freedom.
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On the flipside, some female students actually praised the decision. One of them noted that “this order is natural; all women must dress modestly. That is what the religion requires of us as well.”
Read the rest: Female University Students in Gaza Must Wear Burkas.
Actually, the musliminas are getting off easy with the burka decree. If full Islamic sharia law was implemented, they would have to have a male family member travel with them to the university from their home.