One point I touch on frequently in talks I've given over the years, especially when people ask me if Western influence will ultimately overwhelm the Islamic supremacist imperative in Muslim lands and extinguish the jihad, is that in the last 100 years the movement has been in the opposite direction: Western influence has been waning, and Sharia is on the rise.
And I've pointed out many times that while one saw few hijabbed women on the street in Cairo in 1969, one saw few without hijab in 2009. And now comes an illuminating photo essay from Phyllis Chesler at Pajamas Media that illustrates just that. Two of the photos are above, and Phyllis has more here.
(Click through to the original article to see the photos enlarged.)
I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal..." -- Barack Obama, Cairo, June 4, 2009
Will Obama likewise stand up for the freedom of Muslim women not to cover their hair?
The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War On America by Pamela Geller with Robert Spencer (coming in July from Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster)