July 31, 2011 |
A Quiet Revolution The Veil's Resurgence From the Middle East to America Leila Ahmed Yale University Press: 352 pp., $30 When I was 13, one of my classmates came to school one morning wearing a beige head scarf. This was in the 1980s, in Morocco. Surprised by her attire, I joined a group of girls who gathered around her, watching them pepper her with questions. Our classmate calmly replied that she had decided to wear the hijab because that was what a "true" Muslim girl should do. This struck us as strange.
March 1, 2000 |
As fighting between Christians and Muslims spreads to Nigeria's southeast, the government and leaders from the mostly Muslim north agreed to back away from calls for Islamic law in an effort to end the bloodshed that has wracked Nigeria for a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1989 |
A lower court on Saturday convicted six people of adultery and sentenced them to death by stoning under an Islamic law. It was the first such ruling since Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came to power in December. Bhutto has pledged to press for repeal of the Islamic law, which imposes harsh punishment for moral offenses and limits women's rights. The court convicted Ghulam Qadir Sher and Noor Khatoon of marrying illegally because Khatoon failed to secure a proper divorce from her previous husband.
April 15, 1989 |
Two brothers convicted of murder have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after spending the past 19 years in jail, local newspapers reported Friday. The brothers were jailed until the son of the man they killed came of age to decide if he wanted compensation or execution under the strict rules of Sharia (Islamic law).
April 6, 2010 |
The palace, under a rusted corrugated roof, looks mostly like a shed. Only one delicate pair of feet in its single room is shod, and they are in black rubber flip-flops. This is the genteel court of Queen Hajiya Haidzatu Ahmed. The queen's henna-dyed fingers are childlike and slender, her smile girlish and her voice soft. Whenever she speaks, the men who are her courtiers listen, enraptured. Whenever she giggles, they laugh loudly. Whenever she explains some point, they nod solemnly.
July 27, 2009 |
Gaza's top judge said he had ordered female lawyers to wear head scarves when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic militant group Hamas is increasingly imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic law on residents of the coastal strip. Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi said female lawyers would be required to wear head scarves and long, dark cloaks under their billowing black robes when the court returns from its summer recess in September. Halabi said his order was designed to ensure that women dress in accordance with Islamic law, which requires that women cover up in public, wearing loose garments and showing only their hands and faces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991
I agree with Kenny that women should not be leaving their children to serve in the armed forces. A mother's love and care for her children cannot be replaced by others. I strongly disagree with her interpretation of Islamic law. According to Islamic law, and not the law of any ruler in the Middle East or elsewhere, the human rights of any prisoner of war, man or woman, would be upheld. Human life and human rights are as precious to Muslims as they are to all humanity. Making erroneous statements about the status of women in Islam, or Islam in particular, continues to create misunderstanding and hostility between the cultures of the East and West.