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March 20, 2007


Bridget E, London

When I see veiled women, I always think of this stunning article.

'Arab women are elected for the special role of the inferior who, by definition, lacks honor. Arab men eradicate shame and bolster their shaky self-esteem by imposing the shameful qualities of the dhimmi, submission and passivity, upon women. Trailing a humbled woman behind them, Arab men can walk the walk of the true macho man'
From 'Shame and the Arab psyche'

'After all, Catholic women in Italy, Spain and France wear a headscarf in church'

You're been watching too many grainy old black and white films. The only women wearing lacy headcoverings in European churches are well into their 60s.

In some contrast, the hijab is worn at all times outdoors and is a political gesture.

Emel Abidin-Algan, a Turkish community worker in Germany, has dropped the hijab after 30 years. She finds no-one is looking at her anyway!

The veil makes me see red. I routinely approach women wearing these grotesque accessories to question them. The last one, a very pale young women from Jordan, was quite keen to talk, although her English was minimal. I emphasised how important it was that she learn English, to understand that Europe is an open society and she actually thanked me for the encouragement. Who is actually behind her blocking out society?

The veil must be banned. Holland did it, why is the UK not following suit? As a women, I do not wish to see anyone wearing masks in the street and to hell with PC niceities.

master physicist

Hi Imran,

Your point is great. The veil is cultural. Does n't have anything to do with religion. It was a status symbol in the ancient Arab societies which became a fashion and then the culture of Arabs who exported their culture and language too along with Islam for the sake of the superiority of their culture. I am saying this after reading a book by John L Esposito.

Thanks for this post.

I got to drop in to your blog through your comment in Fanonite. Fanonite is a good person. He is not religious either, but raises his voice against the aggressors. Even I was not happy at your post on Iraq. It is US and UK killing Iraqies. The fact that they are being killed by themselves is not a comparable to the fact that they are ignited by US-UK led invasions using their lies of WMDs. The major percent of killings are from the bullets of US and UK and not by the sectarian killings. Sectarian violence started picking up the lives very late after the attack on shrines in samarra. Fanonite have a report on the survey made.

Wake up.

Imran Ahmad

Dear Master Physicist,

Thank you for your comments.

Has no-one actually read my article carefully?

I have said not one word to justify the invasion. I have said that it cannot be undone, and the focus now should be on how to fix the mess.

I have emphasized that the situation is far more complex and chaotic than was ever anticipated or planned for, and that some stupid and unnecessary mistakes have made it virtually impossible to fix.

What is wrong with this analysis?



ritva martikainen

Is it possible to get that book Unimagined in arabic language? I would like to buy it as a present to my friend, but i dont know where to find it written in arabic. I live in Finland. I wöuld be greatfull if somebody could help me with this.

With my best recards,


Hi Ritva,

It looks like the Arabic version is with these people:

Why don't you ask them.



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