WOMEN AND ISLAM
The news from the Middle East is often dire. Kidnappings.
Suicide bombings. Insurgency. Add to the list a bit of good news. A beauty
academy. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how beauty
salons in Kabul are flourishing and a new Beauty School just might be
saving women's lives. Also, why one activist says women in Iraq are being
forced to conform to antiquated laws and things are getting worse under
the American occupation.
Lila Azam Zanganeh
is the editor of the book "My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother,
Guard Your Eyes." She tells Jim Fleming that Iranian women who
supported the Revolution did not expect to lose the rights and freedoms
they had achieved under the Shah, but she has faith that things will
improve for women in her country.
Liz Mermin directed a documentary
film called "The Beauty Academy of Kabul." She tells Anne
Strainchamps that her film chronicles the efforts of some Afghan women
to maintain a little independence and earn a little money even under
the Taliban by practicing hairdressing in their homes. Also, Houzan
Mahmoud is a co-founder of the Iraqi Women's Rights Coalition and
editor in chief of "Equal Rights Now," the paper of te Organization
for Women's Freedom in Iraq. She tells Steve Paulson that things have
gotten worse for women in Iraq since the American invasion because of
the general lawlessness and the rise of the Islamist militias.
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan
novelist and critic for "The Nation" magazine. She tells Jim
Fleming that Muslim women are trapped between two competing world views,
neither of which knows how to help them or asks them what they want
for themselves. Her novel is called "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits."
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