Muslim Women and Jihad
jpino at SPAMkent.edu
Sat Aug 26 08:20:39 MDT 2000
Comrades: this article about a Muslim woman in Kashmir fighting both Hindu
chauvinism and male supremacy while sticking by her religion is a perfect
example of how identity politics can fuel an insurgency against globalization.
Behind the Veil, a Muslim Feminist
New York Times
August 26, 2000
By BARRY BEARAK
SRINAGAR, Kashmir -- Asiyah
Andrabi, conservative Muslim and
radical feminist, believes that women should
be heard and not seen, so she makes her
demands for equal rights from behind the
black cloth curtain of an all-enveloping
"The veil is for security as Allah wishes it,"
she said, pausing to refresh her hidden
mouth with sips of Coca-Cola. "If gold is
left uncovered along a roadside, anyone will
grab it, because it is a precious thing. It is
the same with an uncovered woman."
There are other reasons for Ms. Andrabi to
conceal her face. She is a militant who
opposes Indian rule here.
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