Friday, 23 August 2013

"Four Egyptian women, four remarkably similar views about Egypt. Merna is a student,  Hilda and Injy are graduates, and Yara is a teaching assistant at university in Cairo. They are in London for a week for a media training course with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. They’ve lived through the turbulence of the past few weeks and the instability of the past year of Muslim Brotherhood government. All are Muslim; two wear veils, two don’t. None is a Muslim Brotherhood supporter.
They are confident and articulate. These middle-class young women feel that the year of Brotherhood government was divisive for society, calamitous for the economy and bad for women. Three were abused for not wearing sufficiently Islamic dress during the past year and they attribute this not just to the Muslim Brotherhood, but to the collapse in law and order it presided over.
None is opposed to the intervention of the army after the popular uprising against the government of President Morsi, though one felt it went too far. All of them are instinctively against international interference in Egypt, including sanctions — something British ministers might reflect on.
To a greater or lesser extent they feel the portrayal of events in Egypt in the international press is one-sidedly against the military, at odds with popular opinion. Their views do not always get reflected in the reports of foreign correspondents or pundits, but they are representative of an awful lot of Egyptian women.
Here they are, in their words:"
 Source: LES - Four Egyptian women, two veils, four views about their country - read their stories in their own words


Anonymous said...

Wow, that woman in the orange blouse is really cute

Anonymous said...

"a media training course with Reuters". Well, we all know how well THAT will work out!

These are young girls who, though somewhat active politically, appear ignorant of certain hard facts about their own Constitution (past and present). Both Constitutions in their Article II called for Sharia as the dominant feature of law and governance. The only times since the Islamic conquest of Egypt when Egypt has known some degree of freedom (religious, political, educational, social, etc) has been when Western presence or influence has been strong. Turkey also knew a period of seeming 'modernisation' under Ataturk and his army; but, as the original generation which supported him and furnished the troops of his army died out, they were replaced by younger people, often from the poorer countryside and men like Gul and Erdogan took over and began a determined annihilation of the officer corps. This will likely happen in Egypt, too, within these girls' lifetimes. It is Islam which holds people and nations back and creates the ultimate warfare between 'believers' and non-Moslems, not a particular "islamic" party or organisation.

Re the 'veil': the Koran calls for covering that can be interpreted as covering a female's body and there are requirements of 'modest' apparel for men as well as women, but the Hadiths are more informative: Mohamed was a warlord and part of his and his army's booty were female captives who were passed around as either sex slaves or to be 'wed' to their Moslem captors. A wed captive was to be covered from view of other Moslem men, as a sign she was his property. The Hadiths speak of the female as an "aw'rat", a shameful orifice which must be covered from the view of all save close family members and slaves, until the grave covers it completely. This view of the female sex is a view of humanity entirely antithetical to our Western Christian one, and I doubt these girls who wear the 'veil' (or face mask) actually know its origin in Islamic teaching.


Let us hope that they are not stopping.

Anonymous said...

To ENGLISHMAN: I presume by 'stopping' you mean not 'staying' as in, let us hope that they are not staying here in England (along with several millions of their fellow 'believers'), I wouldn't count on that if I were you; I see applications for political asylum looming hugely on the horizon re British, American, Israeli and Jordanian invasion of Syria. That Evening Standard article about these four Egyptians is presenting a subliminal message to its readership of a 'true' "moderate Moslem" longing for 'democracy'.

Anonymous said...

Let them have it, in Egypt.



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