Nov 18 2011
This picture, taken at a recent protest in Egypt, has been making the rounds on Arabic websites. Note the rope around the women, herding them like camels and the man to the right holding the leash, walking them.
RAYMOND IBRAHIM I am told this is a common “precautionary measure” to keep women from mixing with men during protests. Considering that certain Islamic texts describe females as “she-camels in heat,” or that it is traditional for some men to divorce their wives by saying “you are given free rein and unloosed like that camel,” or that Muslims are thought to have a mind-frame rooted in sand, camels, and ropes —this measure must surely seem natural.
At any rate, to those who think that history must always progress, take note: fifty years ago, the overwhelming majority of women in Egypt wore modern clothes, hair uncovered, and would never have condescended to being walked on a leash.
Such is “progress”—”Arab Spring” style.