I am excited to hear this observation by Nicholas Kristof. It matches my observations and conclusion in the Middle East back in the 1980s. My husband and I lived in Amman, Jordan, and visited the West Bank and Israel often. We knew many Arab Christian and Muslim families. I concluded after years in the area and having many Palestinian Christian and Moslem female friends with whom I worked that the style of dress was cultural, not religious. The women wore beautifully embroidered dresses and head coverings. They all--Christian and Muslim--wore that style of dress. Those years led me to understand that society and culture have more influence on how the women dress (and behave and relate to men) than their religion does. Not many in the West would agree with that concept today, though. Thank you Nicholas and Krista!
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