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Life under a Hidjab, social investigation into the lives of Muslim women.

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´╗┐For the column ?OUTLOOK? LIFE UNDER A HIJAB The majority of Europeans see muslim women as timid, slavelike creatures, deprived of rights by their tyrannical husbands and shari?ah laws. Are those concepts true to life? Let?s try to clear it out a bit and slightly raise the secret veil in order to get some answers. The life of regular muslim women like that of any other women all over the world is definitely not a bed of roses. However, one should not paint a gloomy picture all of a sudden, judging only from their personal vision and perception. One man equals two women A gobsmacked American tourist tells about a scene she witnessed during her trip to Arab Emirates: ?A black limousine stopped in front of a very posh restaurant. The security hurried to open the door of the car. A sheik with a shiny black beard went out. However, the security didn?t touch the other doors. They were opened by the passengers who were six Arab women all dressed in white hijabs. They lined up in front of the sheik gazing reverently at him. He started to examine them meticulously. All of a sudden he slapped a woman on the face for a strand of hair that was hanging out of the hidjab. ...read more.


Iranian wedding is a very complicated process and demands scrutinous preparations that are the responsibility of a husband. For a bride it is enough to bring a self-weaved carpet as her dowry. The rest is provided by the husband: he has to buy a house (it is not accepted to live with parents), and pay all the family needs. The women have more opportunities now. They are more free and liberal. The growing rate of educated women is gradually changing the society. Muslim women sign marriage contracts where they can establish their demands. The only problem after any divorce is focused on children. In most Islamic countries children stay with their fathers rather than mothers, whether they want it or not. In these terms women are still oppressed and unsecured. Their maternal rights have no power in most Muslim countries. Education Prophet Mohammed said: ?The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.? Thus, getting education among Muslim women is encouraged nowadays. It should be noted that the majority of women willing to work can do it without any obstacles. During the last years, under the influence of the European civilization Egyptian women became more liberated, self-assured and self-sufficient. They are involved in their careers, do sports, listen to modern music, aware of all trends. ...read more.


In most cases they can only wear it at home. However, in some countries, Muslim women are wearing knee-length dresses with the exception that they have to wear jeans or pants underneath. Cosmetics has also successfully entered the life of Muslim women. The fashion for straight noses has led to numerous plastic surgeries among them. The choice of a partner The eastern tradition when parents choose a spouse for their daughter still exists, but it is not as harsh and strict as it used to be. Shari?ah laws protects women and demand from parents to choose a husband that would not be repugnant for the future wife. Muslim girls take active part in choosing a husband. The only possible disadvantage is that the couple can not test their feelings. They hardly talk or see each other before the marriage. This fact holds true for many Islamic countries, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan and others. So we see that the life of Muslim women all over the world has changed considerably. Nowadays they have access to education, medical aid, social life and the like. The notion Muslim country is no longer homogeneous. In some countries like Turkey or Egypt women are entirely free in their actions and have the same rights as men. However, more reforms are needed to make the life of Muslim women a manifestation of their free will. ...read more.

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