Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hijab in Turkey: Another Reason I don't Like "Liberal Muslims"

This is from the BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell talking about hijab in Turkey.

I suspect many, probably most people in Britain would see this as a matter of freedom of choice, but it's not seen like this here. The government's tentative plans to change the law meet fierce opposition. Just last weekend there was a march through Ankara, a crowd of 12,000 people, to protest against the very possibility. It's an interesting twist that people who most probably would be leftie Hampstead liberals in Britain are here supporters of the army - the principal opponents of any weakening of what they see as the secular state.

Bedri Baykam is an artist who clearly loves to shock. He's working on a series called Picasso's women and his studio is covered with photographs of naked women. He says that women who wear the headscarf these days are making a statement that they are warriors for militant Islam. He says their head covering is not like the headscarves worn by his mother or grandmother but have tight elastic so that not one scrap of hair escapes. He says it's ridiculous that people should treat hair as though it's a sexual organ.

When these types of Muslims immigrate to western states, they take on this very liberal guise of espousing freedom of choice, religion, etc rethoric, yet when they are back in their Muslim countries they support suppressive policies targeted towards practicing Muslims.


At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Muslim Wife said...

May Allah make it easy for our brothers and sisters fi kulli makaan, ameen.

Isn't it funny how the west praises Turkey as the perfect example of "modern and democratic version of Islam"? La hawla wala quwita illah billah!

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Al-Hanbali said...

May Allah curse ataturk and those who follow his line


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