Modern Islam uses burqas, niqabs, and hijabs to control women. It wasn’t always this way, as a 1958 speech by Egyptian President Nasser shows.
Throughout the Muslim world — and, increasingly, throughout Europe and America — women are “appearing in public” in hijabs (head scarfs), burqas (full body tents), and niqabs (veils covering all but their eyes). I placed the phrase “appearing in public” in scare quotes because the more accurate phrase would be “disappearing from public.”
In many places, it is irrelevant whether women want to hide themselves in this way. Laws and frequently violent social strictures force them to cover themselves. A few examples will suffice:
- In Saudi Arabia, 15 girls died in a 2002 fire at a girls’ school because the religious police refused to allow them to escape the burning building because they were not wearing their burqas and niqabs.
- In Afghanistan under the Taliban, women were forced to appear in public in all-encompassing blue burqas lest they be beaten.
- In Iran, women who remove their hijabs face torture and imprisonment.
- ISIS, ironically enough, after first mandating burqas and niqabs, and brutally enforcing that mandate, reversed itself when it became apparent to them that the same burqas that can hide terrorists from Westerners can also hide attacks aimed at ISIS itself.
- In Sweden and, increasingly, in other European countries, Western women are starting to adopt the veil because, if they appear unveiled, they are considered to be lower than prostitutes, who can at least exact payment for sex. These unveiled Western women simply get raped.
- In Egypt, women who appear without wearing “modest” Islamic clothes are frequently sexually assaulted.
Here’s just a little sampling of the burqas and niqabs that Islam imposes on women, whether they want to wear them or not: [Read more…]