Newsweek's Nattering on Nile Niqabs

Sinister and scary. That is what we are taught here about masked and hooded people. The KKK. Ghosts. Bandits in bandanas. Bad guys. Crooks. Bigots. Criminals.

So how can we be expected to react to the niqab - the Islamic veil? I don't like it. A checkout girl at the Walgreen's Drug Store in Teaneck wears one. I felt uncomfortable paying at the counter. Cultural conditioning is a strong force.

Newsweek writes about the rise of the niqab in Egypt.

Behind the Veil
An Egyptian court has ruled that universities can't bar Islamic face-coverings. But that's unlikely to stop the headdress attracting unwelcome attention on the streets of Cairo....more

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