June 7, 2010 |
As an intellectual, a feminist, an ex-Muslim and a political activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived a life worthy of a book. Born in Somalia, raised in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, Hirsi Ali fled to the Netherlands at age 21 rather than submit to a forced marriage. She denounced Islam after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was deemed a traitor by her family. She soon was elected to the Dutch parliament, vowing to fight for Muslim women in Europe. Her screenplay for Theo van Gogh's film "Submission," about the abuse and oppression of Muslim women, led to death threats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1997
After reading "The Veil Returns in Surge of Tradition" (May 24), about the veil worn by some women in Muslim countries, I feel compelled to write a response. As an American Muslim woman I am becoming weary of seeing the same one-dimensional issue rehashed in the media. Yes, the veil is worn by some Muslim women, and if they alone choose to be attired so and they are happy with their own decision, then more power to them. Let it be known that the Saudi clerics are relying on their own male-oriented interpretation of what a woman should wear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1995 |
Two Cal State Northridge faculty members who attended last month's World Conference on Women will discuss their experiences on campus tonight, the university has announced. Political science professor Jane Bayes will speak about the official United Nations conference in Beijing, China, as well as an unofficial forum held in protest of a government ban. Mary Beth Welch-Orozco, the interim chairwoman of the CSUN women's studies department, will discuss human rights with a focus on lesbians.
April 8, 2000 |
The city has agreed to pay $100,000 each to two Muslim women who were arrested for wearing religious veils in public. Najla E. Doran and Sherma D. Humphrey were charged with violating a state law prohibiting the wearing of masks in public. But people who wear masks for religious reasons are exempt under the law, which was aimed at Ku Klux Klan marchers. "We wish it had never happened," City Atty. Timothy Oksman said Thursday.
November 22, 2002 |
A conservative Australian politician has sparked outrage with a call to ban Muslim women from wearing the chador in public because they could be used to conceal weapons. In New South Wales' state parliament Wednesday, the Rev. Fred Nile said the chador was "a perfect disguise for terrorists, as it conceals both weapons and explosives." The Christian Democrat politician fueled the furor further today, telling local television: "It's only extremists who wear the chador."
September 25, 2001 |
It was intended as a simple gesture of solidarity with Muslim women who have become an easy target for our nation's anger these days: What if women from every race, religion and nationality went about their daily routines with their heads covered in the traditional scarves that many Muslim women wear? But when Washington, D.C., student Jennifer Schock posted her idea on the message board of a women's media group, she was stunned by the firestorm of controversy it generated.
May 24, 2010
France, which gave the English language the word "nuance," is offering a nuanced justification for a bill that would outlaw "concealment of the face in public." According to President Nicolas Sarkozy, the proposed measure should not be seen as an act of hostility toward Muslim women, only a small fraction of whom wear the full-face veil. Rather, the bill is designed to protect "personal dignity, particularly women's dignity," and the openness required of citizens in a republic. This rationalization, however, needlessly complicates a simple reality.
April 16, 2009 |
The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid, in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burka, which is worn by some Muslim women. Security forces stormed the mosque days later after scores of heavily armed militants inside refused to surrender.