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June 7, 2010 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
October 30, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
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.
November 17, 2002 | Gillian Wee, Associated Press Writer
Ratna Damayanti considers herself a modern Muslim. Like many of her peers in this wealthy island nation, she counts coffee shops and jazz bars among her favorite haunts and watches "Friends" every week. Damayanti also thinks of herself as more modern than her more conservative Muslim girlfriends who wear the Islamic headscarf. But the extroverted college student does have one thing in common with them. They were all circumcised when they were a few days old.
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 8, 2000 | Associated Press
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 | From Reuters
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."
January 24, 2002
Re "An Identity Reduced to a Burka," Opinion, Jan. 20: Of course, no woman should be forced to burn her burka or cast aside the hijab in order to advance. But Islam, more than any of the other great (read patriarchal) world religions, is obsessed with assuaging primitive male fears and spinning out medieval male fantasies. That doesn't leave much room to embody the highest human aspirations. The religion hasn't been permitted to evolve by the men who interpret it. They've decided that their women (and 14-year-old girls)
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