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Abaya

What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

To Be or Not to Be Veiled

Bushra Alvi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Bushra Alvi

The garment worn compulsorily during my years in Saudi Arabia had found a permanent place in my wardrobe as I realized, on careful deliberation, that the benefits far outweighed its limitations.

Is the Hijab a Symbol of Diversity or a Symbol of Oppression?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" ad on Super Bowl Sunday aimed to be a celebration of diversity, showcasing the many ethnicities that make up our modern social fabric.

All the World Is a Stage: Will the UAE Play a Part?

Dayna Steele | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
Dayna Steele

There was one instance where I knew I had come dangerously close to crossing an invisible line. I innocently asked a question of the assembled tourists and international workers known as expatriates, or expats. The chill I felt was stunning, and I immediately realized what I had done.

Saudi Women Now Allowed To Bike In Public

AP | ABDULLAH SHIHRI | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom's religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restr...

Single in the City: The Abaya and I

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 01.12.2013 | Style
Rym Tina Ghazal

Tired of reading accounts by Western women journalists who visit Islamic countries, then write lengthy articles complaining about the "great suppression" and "discomfort" of the abaya, I am here to write in defense of the abaya.

Telling Muslim Women What Not To Wear

Kari Ansari | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Kari Ansari

France has now officially outlawed the Islamic niqab or burqa in public. Where's the liberté in that?

Strawberry Ice Cream

Jacqueline H. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacqueline H. Wilson

Having lived and traveled in the Middle East on and off since 1985, I was no stranger to seeing women covered in black... Yet I had never covered my face with the exception of the briefest attempts at trying the hijab.

I See Belgium, I See France: I See the Burqa's Last Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For some governments, banning burqas about placing a legal element of moderation on public dress. Worldwide today, total nudity is usually illegal, these governments are simply saying that the other extreme is also not acceptable.

Poetic Justice in a Pint Sized Pistol: Hissa Hillal, Live! from The Land of Invisible Women

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

This is why Hissa Hillal's poetry is such a colossal cultural moment: not merely because one Saudi woman has had the courage to speak out, but because of the cascading, tumultuous conversation this will certainly uncork. Like a gathering storm, a cloudburst of cultural rebellion is mounting.

Human Rights Hotties?

Rick Cleveland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rick Cleveland

I wonder how it is that this smart, talented, presumably goodhearted group of people could have been so oblivious about traipsing around a misogynist oil sheikdom in eight-hundred dollar shoes.

Dowd: Non-Muslim Pilgrim in Mecca

nytimes.com | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

I was told that non-Muslims could not visit mosques -- not even the one on the hotel grounds....

Bye Bye Abaya

Sally Thorner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Thorner

Something happened when I ducked into an airport bathroom to change into my Saudi uniform. It was depressing. It wasn't about color. It wasn't about style. It was about choice. About freedom.

Sarkozy's Rejection of the Burqa Will Only Further Marginalize Muslims

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Muslim women locked in a tyrannical chokehold by Muslim men can rest easy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ready to rescue us.

Saudi Women Dare To Wear Leopard Print, Glitter Abayas Despite Risks

AP | DONNA ABU-NASR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — For years, the only thing sold openly in Saudi stores selling women's cloaks were of the all-black, drab covering variety...