Muslim women are commodities for cultural and political wars

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It seems the Muslim woman carries the unique burden of being in constant need of rescuing – of needing to be colonised in order to be granted freedom. Of being spoken for, and over, in a condescending and vain attempt to grant her a voice. Of having to be visually available and optically desirable in order to be deemed liberated. She is constantly being discussed and written about – the subject of an ever increasing web of ‘under the veil’ cultural paraphernalia – the roots of which lie in some of the earliest orientalist texts. They speak of the desire to behold the Muslim women behind the cl…

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