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Cyclops Fatwa

Now I am convinced of it: Modesty truly has no bounds. Consider, for example, this latest fatwa. (Please note: I am using the term literally, since I am writing about Muslims in Saudi Arabia, not ultra-Orthodox Jews.) A new ruling by one of Saudi Arabia’s top clerics, Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan, rules that women who leave the home must not only cover their entire bodies including their faces, but also one of their eyes. According to al-Habadan, “revelation of both eyes behind the veil is likely to encourage women to put make-up on and accentuate their eyes. This is corrupt behavior which conflicts with Islamic principles.” What happens when they need to use both eyes when, say, they go out? “When a woman goes out into the street or to a public place she will wear a veil and cover one eye with a piece of cloth. When she goes shopping and wants to assess a product, she will completely remove the piece of cloth and will be able to use both eyes for a limited amount of time.”

I think that’s rather generous. Don’t you?



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