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This article basically talks about the decision to wear the veil or not and the rights that come along with that for the Muslim woman. There has recently been controversy around the veil worn by some Muslim women to conceal their faces. Many have viewed this as a conflict between Muslims on one side and the "Islamophobic" west on the other. When actually the debate is being waged primarily within Muslim society and is part of the battle for the heart and soul of Muslim communities.
Historically, the Muslim world has seen many women in power who governed from their thrones, presided over meetings with their advisers, with their faces uncovered, as shown in paintings from those times.There are smaller communities within the Muslim communities that may have their own rules or standards for the women wearing the head veil. In some places it is seen as a sign of respect for the culture and religion, while in others, it can propose a lot of disadvantages for the women. In short, the veil creates another obstacle to the economic empowerment of a community that already faces discrimination based on skin colour and accent. I took this quote from the book, "I pray that the Palestinians are granted the same rights and freedom and dignity that the Israelis enjoy and that the streets fill with Israelis and Palestinians walking side by side in peace" (Abdel-Fattah 54).This connects back to the book because the main idea throughout the whole story is the problem of wearing the veil or not to school. The book gives a present day encounter of this problem.