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Muslim women are one of the most talked-about groups in the world. Yet most of Muslim women I know are very different from the stereotypes. They're Not So Different It should be obvious, yet Muslim women are often presented as different, exotic, or even a symbol of backwardness.
In the west you see women sitting together in coffee shops, leaning forward, intently listening, talking about relationships, family, clothes and cooking. Muslim women talk about exactly the same things when they get together.
I find that on public transport in the west, women in hijab are often more ready to chat with me than women in western dress.
Western women are usually more focused on their phones or tablets. Dress choices that may look intimidating to us are usually about modesty. And Muslim women are very often fashion-conscious.
For example, in Cairo women want to wear bright, matching colours and patterns of dress and scarf. In places where most women seem to be wearing look-alike full-length dark coats, they give careful attention to differences of style, material and buttons, and subtler colour variations.
In Asia I watched TV programs showing how to tie headscarves as trendy fashion statements.
And in women-only space, the most conservative black over-garments may be taken off to show designer wear underneath. However, when she has a son, and when her son grows up and gets married, that changes.
A friend who had worked in the Middle East told me that whenever anything needed doing, or paperwork signed, they would ask the women, and it would happen. Older women, particularly mothers, can be significant power brokers in an extended family.
A Deep Concern for Purity This includes moral purity.
Often they are worried about the risks of exposure to the sexual freedoms of western culture, and may assume it characterizes all the western women they meet.
Feel free to share your own concern about living according to biblical standards in the face of pressure from the contemporary culture. It also includes physical purity. Careful washing rituals are the means to restore purity.
And defiled conditions affect women much more than men any kind of emission from the body, whether solid, liquid or gas, is a cause of impurity.
So all Muslims become impure and must wash to gain purity every day. Moreover, women become impure for a week each month. This is very different to western understanding.
Nor is he unclean from touching a dead body according to Jewish rules of the time.Islamic law however, permits women to work in Islamic conditions, such as the work not requiring the woman to violate Islamic law (e.g., serving alcohol), and that she maintain her modesty while she performs any work outside her home.
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