Religiomania

Religiomania

“Various Muslim women authors and thinkers believe that the observance of veil remains a dictate of Muslim men. They say that the practice is an outcome of laws and social mores constructed over the last many centuries by judges, ulema and lawmakers who were all men. Muslim women who do not use the veil are right to demand that if some of their sisters in France are so agitated by the veil ban, then they should be equally agitated by the act of enforcing women to wear a veil, a burqa or a chador in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan. It’s only fair, if this really is a matter of the freedom of expression.”

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Half Muslim, half…? 

“George Orwell introduced the concept of ‘doublethink’ through his fantastic novel 1984 about an ideological dystopia. Doublethink is to believe two contradictory things at the same time without making any effort to reconcile the two. So for example the official party line is that the Earth is flat but depending on the situation, the Earth is also round. In 1984, Pakistan’s descent into one such dystopia was complete. Pakistanis were encouraged and even forced to resort to doublethink. Soon afterwards, an Islamic Science Conference was held at which a notable Islamic scientist read out a paper on how to harness the power of the genies for electricity production.”

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