The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

The "burqini"

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I'm not trying to make fun of this -- people can wear what they want -- but why call it burqini? A burqa is a rather extreme form of fundamentalist gear that is not found in much of the Muslim world outside of Afghanistan and, to a much less degree, India and Pakistan. Is the Taliban what they want their product to be associated with?

Incidentally, this "burqini" is now standard issue for Muslim female lifeguards in Australia.