Listen to photojournalist Diana Matar describe her exquisite series of images portraying a new generation of Muslim women in Cairo. These women are reclaiming and redefining the veil as a symbol of political dissent, piety, and fashion in contemporary Egypt. Or view the images without the audio by clicking the thumbnails below.
Is there such a thing as the Muslim world? Is the "veil" a sign of submission or courage? Is our Western concern about women in Islam really a concern for the well-being of women? Our guest, Egyptian-American Leila Ahmed, challenges current thought on these and other questions.
Read a fascinating chapter from Leila Ahmed's ground-breaking work, Women and Gender in Islam: Historial Roots of a Modern Debate. Here she explores the long story of westerners' inclination to interpret the veil as a proof of an innate backwardness in Islam.
Arab Identity and British Colonialism
In this clip not included in the final broadcast, listen to Leila Ahmed discuss the creation of Arab identity as a legacy of British colonialism, and the similarities with the perception of Muslim identity in our age.
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