“You cannot assume the same starting point” for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia as Western countries, journalist Katherine Zoepf obviously understated in a September 17 presentation of her research in the doctrinaire Muslim kingdom. Zoepf’s discussion of the “not just window dressing” reform in the kingdom’s strict “gender segregation” allowing women retail jobs, though, raises important questions about Islamic “extremism” in Saudi Arabia and beyond.
Zoepf’s Washington, DC, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Pulitzer Center) address centered on her December 2013 New Yorker article “Shopgirls.” Zoepf described therein how Saudi King Abdullah decreed in June 2011 a ban on male lingerie and cosmetic shop workers, leading the way towards other women retail positions. Though “not…immediately evident,” Zoepf wrote, a “women’s revolution has begun in Saudi Arabia.”
A “male guardian—usually a father or husband” controlling “permission to study, to travel, and to marry” makes Saudi women “effectively…legal minors.” A Saudi female doctor mentioned by Zoepf at Pulitzer Center, for example, enjoyed travel to places like Paris for medical conferences with her liberal husband’s generous permission, but after his death came under a conservative son’s strictures. Another woman under the guardianship of her brother was raising her son as a liberal future replacement.
A “devout Saudi man avoids even mentioning the names of his wife and daughters in public” and they never met the man’s friends at home in one of the world’s “most patriarchal societies,” Zoepf wrote. “You wouldn’t imagine that they live in the same homes.”
Read the rest here.
I missed posting Katherine Zoepf’s article when it was published. Please read it. I think the “reforms” will always be minor. Prejudice against women is tightly interwoven into Islamic doctrine. And Saudi Arabia, like the Islamic State, is proud to be the fruit of orthodox, pure Islam.
Kuala Lumpur: Pengkalan Kubor Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary said women should not become political leaders as they are not capable.
In an exclusive telephone interview with Astro AWANI, he said this was evident when countries like Thailand and Pakistan, which were led by women, faced numerous problems.
“We can see the weaknesses of women leaders clearly just by looking at our neighbouring countries,” he said referring to Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Pakistan’s former PM Benazir Bhutto.
Izat, who is a former lecturer, said problems will arise if women become state or country leaders.
Read more here.
Muslim group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) blasted the Kedah authorities today for installing billboard advertisements of “sexy” women muay thai fighters, claiming the pictures would invite the “wrath of Allah” on the state.
The group’s Kedah chapter said the billboards were considered sinful because they showed the fighters garbed in “indecent” wear.
Read the rest here.
Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a verbal attack on media and women, on Thursday (7 August), after he branded the reputed journalist of The Economist, Amberin Zaman, a “shameless woman” and told her “to know her place”.
Speaking at an election campaign rally in southern Turkey on Thursday (7 August), Erdogan indirectly shamed Zaman by labelling her as a militant.
“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman,” said Erdogan before adding, “They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and you insult a society that is 99 percent Muslim.”
His comments were in direct response to Zaman’s remarks on a television debate earlier this week where she had questioned the leader of the main opposition in Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, asking him whether a “Muslim society is able to question” its authorities.
Since then, Zaman’s remarks have been condemned on social media by pro-government supporters as “insulting to Islam and Muslims”.
Read the rest here.
And what place is that Mr. Erdogan? The place right after male children and right above the female children and the slaves?
The most barbaric bunch of blood-thirsty misogynists this side of Genghis Khan are yearning for western “brides”—and the “brides,” who will be no more than sex and reproductive slaves, are coming, via an internet campaign, to service ISIS’s male Jihadis in the Caliphate in formation in Syria and Iraq. There is a “marriage bureau” in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab for Western women in a marrying state of mind.
Britain’s interior minister Theresa May warned that “we think around 400 UK-linked individuals have gone out to fight in Syria, mainly young men but also some women.” Officials worry that these numbers will rise “with the increased online activity luring vulnerable women to Syria.” The would-be “brides” are given point-by-point guidance on what to expect.”
What is coming their way is far darker than “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Read the rest of Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s article here.
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand [jihad sex slaves]” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50)
The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50)
[ . . . ]
“Atrocious accounts of abduction and detention of Yazidi, Christian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner,” Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov stated, pointing out that some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery….”
Read the rest of this informative Jihad Watch article or more from The Guardian.
Sex slaves or wives? The Washington Post offers a different take on this tragedy.
Although the WaPo news article differs from the others, I contend that all are true. Many of the jihadis will take Yazidi and Christian wives if they convert AND many of them will use the young women as sex slaves. Both actions are permitted by sharia law and, therefore, are permissible in the eyes of Allah and follow the sunna (the words and actions of Mohammed.)
A minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative government has outraged Turkey’s secular community by claiming that honest women should not laugh in public.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc also urged women and men to be chaste during a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) held during Turkey’s celebration of Eid, the day marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men,” Arınc said, according to Hurriyet daily newspaper.
Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: “She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness.”
Read the rest: Muslim Women Should Not Laugh in Public
He sounds like the Ayatollah Khomeini who said that there was no fun in Islam. These guys sound worried that they can’t keep their women on a leash. Are they afraid that “their” women will throw themselves at any man and ruin his honor? What a bunch of insecure maroons!
“ . . . As soon as we began heading upstairs where we had normally prayed in the past, a man called after us, redirecting us back to pray in a dark corner on the first floor instead. We followed his gestures towards the area and quickly realized it had no air conditioning. We finished our first prayer and found ourselves wiping away beads of sweat from the extreme humidity and heat.
“Let’s go to the third floor,” Shazia suggested. “It’s empty and has air conditioning.” The other two ladies sitting with us overheard and told us that women were actually told to pray in the basement next to the bathroom. However, because of the recent unbearable heat, they were given the current space on the first floor, which was just barely more tolerable. Shazia was determined though, and to her credit, it was really hard to focus with drops of perspiration rolling down our backs.
We attempted to make our way back up and this time, another gentleman in a white thobe shot up, wagging his finger. “No! Women are not allowed up there,” he said in an all too condescending tone that made everyone around look our way.
Shazia tried to explain to him that it was too hot where we were…and then came the cherry on top: “Sisters, your place is here,” he said pointing to the first floor oven, “or the basement–not anywhere else.” And just like that, he killed my Ramadan spirit.
Read the rest: Women in New York Mosque Forced to Pray Away from Men.
Plans by Saudi Arabia’s religious police to recruit women for the first time has failed because of opposition by some parties in the Muslim Gulf Kingdom, the police chief was quoted on Friday as saying.
Read the rest: Saudi Religious Police Abandon Recruitment of Women.
What a shocker! Not.
Over the past few weeks, girls and their supporters have been holding protests in remote areas of Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, where dozens of schools have been forced to close due to threats from extremists.
Threatening girls to stop them from going to school is nothing new in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai’s case is just the most infamous example – but it now seems to be spreading to parts of the country that had previously been spared.
Two weeks ago, all private schools in Balochistan’s districts of Panjgur and Turbat were forced to close after being threatened by a hitherto unknown group called “Tenzeem Islami Al-Furqan” (“the Organisation of Islam for the Koran”). These shadowy extremists, much like the Taliban or Boko Haram in Nigeria, say they are against “Western education” for girls.
Read the rest: Islamists in Pakistan Force Girls from School.