New Dumb Theory: Huma Stays With Anthony Weiner Because Islam

There sure have been a lot of newly minted Islam experts popping up in the past week — and in the places you'd least expect them. Fox News, the woman at the New York Times whose classical Greek references have devolved from incisive to dodderingly inscrutable, and several typically myopic conservative news outlets… » 7/29/13 3:10pm 7/29/13 3:10pm

A Hijab Doesn't Automatically Make a Woman Into a Symbol

In the post 9/11 world, where everyone loves to fall back on a clash of the civilizations explanation for Why We Don't Get Along with "The Muslim World," one group of people tend to get a lot of attention in the midst of the cultural debate: veiled women. They have become the focal point of countless debates on… » 6/26/13 1:40pm 6/26/13 1:40pm

New Egyptian TV Channel Run Exclusively by Veiled Women Actually a…

In Cairo, there's a new TV channel called Maria, that is run exclusively by niqab-clad women. A first, according to CNN. The female volunteers of Maria share two studios with the staff of Al-Omma, Maria's mother channel — which is independent but very religious and "anti-Christianization." » 7/31/12 3:00pm 7/31/12 3:00pm

'No Boys Allowed' Prom Sounds Like It Was the Best Ever

Cultural and religious beliefs make it tough for many high school girls to attend the sort of prom depicted in the climactic scene in teen movies. It's hard to date when you're not allowed to date, difficult to wear a revealing dress and get your hair done and dance around when your religious beliefs bar revealing… » 5/02/12 1:15pm 5/02/12 1:15pm

Libyan Woman Reportedly Sued By Her Rapists

Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Libyan government, "expressed frustration" that he keeps being asked about Iman Obeidi, the woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel Saturday shouting about being gang-raped by Qaddafi thugs. But maybe that's because he's already expended so much energy lying about what happened to her. » 3/29/11 11:17am 3/29/11 11:17am

Libyan Rape Victim Shouts For Justice, Violent Melee Ensues

Iman Obaidi, who burst into a hotel dining room filled with foreign journalists Saturday, is probably not the only woman victimized by government thugs, it is a depressingly safe assumption to make. Although the journalists were unable to independently verify her story — they are essentially under lock and key of… » 3/28/11 10:10am 3/28/11 10:10am