Tagged with Hijab

Must the Muslima Wear a Headscarf?

Must the Muslima Wear a Headscarf?

Identity politics are dangerous. Unfortunately Muslims have long been swept up into the fray. Sometimes willingly. In many traditional and conservative societies, women have covered their heads. This is not exclusive to Islam, whatever the Quran says about it. But a time came also when Muslims were mobilizing on the basis of faith, using it … Continue reading

Hijabs, Burkinis, and Assumptions

Hijabs, Burkinis, and Assumptions

A quick word to not judge by appearances, or to make assumptions about religious values. Our family took a vacation to the Red Sea recently, at a hotel with a healthy mix of European speedos and Egyptian burkinis. It was quite the contrast. From what we could tell, everyone behaved respectfully and enjoyed themselves. While … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Books, Hijabs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Books, Hijabs

God, Too much should not be made of these markers, but they may reveal a mindset of some. Long on the defensive, Egypt’s non-Islamists feel empowered. Among the results are a book burning at a school, seized from the Brotherhood. And a call for women to remove their head coverings, at a summer rally in … Continue reading

Sign of the Times

Exiting our local metro station the other day I saw this sign posted above the entrance: It translates: The hijab (Islamic head covering) is a religious obligation, just like prayer. Cover yourself before you are held accountable. That sounds ominous, but it can read that the holding accountable is done by God. Still, in some … Continue reading