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The Veilís Revival
Harvard Magazine ^ | Sept.-Oct. 2011 | Erin O'Donnell

Posted on 12/03/2011 1:55:13 PM PST by La Enchiladita

One evening in the late 1990s, Thomas professor of divinity Leila Ahmed saw a group of people gathered on Cambridge Common. All of the women were wearing hijab, the headscarf worn by some Muslim women but rarely seen at that time in the United States. Just the sight of hijab provoked a negative, “visceral” response in Ahmed, who was born and raised in Cairo in the 1940s, when even devout Muslim women of the middle and upper classes did not wear veils because they considered them old-fashioned. She took the appearance of veils in Cambridge, she explained recently, to mean that “there could be some fundamentalism taking root in America.”

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TOPICS: History; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: hijab; islamism
Her first response against hijab was correct, but eventually she learned to spin the veil as a symbol of --- get this --- "social justice." AND, she teaches at Hah-vahd.

It is mentioned in the article that hijab is sometimes worn to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians, a nice way of saying to demonstrate open anti-Semitism.

1 posted on 12/03/2011 1:55:23 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

and here I thought this was going to be about something completely different, perhaps for the Catholic group, because I was kinda thinking about getting a veil or something.


2 posted on 12/03/2011 2:04:42 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: La Enchiladita
In this youtube of a performance by Oum Kalthoum (circa '50s - '60s), the beloved Egyptian singer, you can see at about 3 minutes in a view of the crowd including most women in complete western dress... no veil.

Oum Kalthoum - Al Atlal

3 posted on 12/03/2011 2:10:48 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: ottbmare

Chuckle. That would be a mantilla, I think. They are very pretty. I almost never see them worn to Mass anymore.


4 posted on 12/03/2011 2:14:49 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I’m in a very conservative parish in a suburb of DC. Some of the younger and really serious Catholic homeschool moms are wearing them to daily mass. I was thinking about it, but as a noob Catholic I don’t want to look like, you know, one of those completely over-the-top converts who thinks he or she knows so much more and is so much holier than people who have been walking this road for fifty years. Pretentious, in other words.


5 posted on 12/03/2011 2:21:34 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: La Enchiladita

I noticed that too a few years ago in her old concert films. Don’t forget, however, that in her hay day, Egypt was controlled by socialists who preached at least some modernizing, pro-women things.

“Internally, Nasser destroyed the political and economic power of the old feudal landowning class. Education and employment opportunities were made available to all Egyptians regardless of class or sex. Women were encouraged to get an education and go to work as part of the national struggle for economic progress and development. After the revolution, women were at last granted the right to vote.”
http://www.mongabay.com/history/egypt/egypt-nasser’s_legacy.html


6 posted on 12/03/2011 2:29:36 PM PST by vladimir998
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I learned, from reading comments on youtube, that Oum Kalthoum is also well-loved and listened to by Jews throughout the Middle East, although of course they are more and more confined to Israel. Her music is transcendent.


7 posted on 12/03/2011 2:46:22 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: ottbmare

Convert here, too, in 2005. I got a veil/ mantilla, I think they are so pretty. A lot of women wear them at the 1 pm Latin mass — I haven’t worn mine yet.


8 posted on 12/03/2011 2:56:11 PM PST by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: La Enchiladita

A woman should cover her head while praying, or at least not cut her hair, “because of the angels.”

I Corinthians 11

When I pray, I wear a hat. I usually wear a hat when I go to church, but not always, and when I bow my head to pray I put my hand on my head if I am not wearing my hat.

Why would I want to offend the angels who are obeying God in answering my prayer for protection?

Just saying.


9 posted on 12/03/2011 3:00:00 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: La Enchiladita

She was a great singer.


10 posted on 12/03/2011 3:24:33 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: La Enchiladita

We had the full body cover at Kroger this afternoon. The only thing showing was the eyes and the eye glasses. I could retch from it.


11 posted on 12/03/2011 4:17:17 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I think its worn cause the females are too lazy to get dressed and comb their hair...


12 posted on 12/03/2011 4:26:30 PM PST by goat granny
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