Egypt: An Outcast in Your Own Country

August 05, 2020

Bikini Versus Burkini: What Should Men Wear?

August 31, 2016

The bikini versus burkini debate is led by male dominance over women, not ideology. What should men wear on the beach? I have never heard anyone ask that question. It has never been part of social security debates, public policy talks, social morality speeches or a politically-charged electoral...

The Right Not to Bare Arms

August 28, 2016

What does the French burkini ban mean for women? Europe on a warm summer’s day. The French seaside. Armed police officers are ordering a woman to take her clothes off. And people are watching and cheering on. And the law is on their side. Or rather, the law is on their side again. It is now...

The False Sense of Secularism Behind France’s Burkini Ban

August 26, 2016

France’s veiled prescription of what Islam should be is a poor guise of secularism for the country’s citizens and migrants. Burkinis are “not compatible with French values,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls on August 17. He was defending the French mayors who have recently banned the...

Rio Gets Its Taste of Middle East Politics

August 16, 2016

Regardless of how inclined we are to have politics-free Olympics, it seems like an impossible task. Politically, the Middle East has been a global hotbed of interstate wars, civil conflicts and authoritarian regimes. Socially, it is home to some of the most restrictive social systems and...