The veil

Megan Stack of the LA Times had a very good story on the veil in Egypt a few days ago exploring the different reasons Egyptian women choose to veil and the notions associated with it. It's a lot better and subtler than most similar stories I've read, perhaps because a female journalist can understand women, even those from a different culture, than a male one can. Many foreign journalists never get beyond the idea that the growth of popularity in the veil may be caused by more than just religious revivalism.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.