Skip to comments.Brief history of Uncle Tom and all hijabs (lefty muslim org labels Amir Taheri as "Uncle Tom")
Posted on 10/18/2003 12:23:44 AM PDT by Stultis
Let us start with...
Muslim Wakeup! guide to writing a neo-con article about Muslims.
It is a simple three-part process. Any dimwitted chicken hawk can do this. Many have.
We sent Amir Taheri to write one such article for us in the NY Post. Actually he did this entirely on his own, but the results were just as sad and depressing. This time wearing the hijab is the ultimate crime against humanity, and Muslims are terrorists, communists and Nazis all at the same time.
But why stop there? Just to test the depth of his readers stupidity, Amir lays down the most mind-bendingly stupid neo-con theory of all time. Hijab was invented by some dude in Lebanon in the early 1970s. The only thing missing is the exact date and time.
There is no way we can top this one. We have been out smarted again.
The best that we can do at MWU! is to report that the neo-con Uncle Tom was invented last Friday in the back of a halal meat shop in Houston, Texas. Saleem Ubdul-Salam, an immigrant from Somalia, mixed left over chicken gizzards and goat scalps. The whole world will go up in a giant ball of fire now, inshallah. I am getting a lot of support from the Southern Christian Zionists, he explained mysteriously.
Trends in womens clothing are evolving all the time. Taheri may have had something interesting or intelligent to contribute had he argued that a specific trend in womens clothing can be traced to Lebanon in the 70s. Perhaps it was a very specific way of wearing a particular type of Chador among certain Shia women. But then how would that help him slur all Muslims? He must demonize with broad strokes all hijab and some unspecified neo-hijab if he wants to stick to the three-part formula.
This three card monty of hate speech above is not just for neo-cons. We also have to constantly guard against it in our own thinking. We are happy to mock all things cruel and stupid that are done in the name of Islam, but it becomes easy to contribute to the tidal wave of anti-Muslim bigotry that is constantly coming at us.
Khaled Abou El Fadl, for example, has been writing about how Muslim organizations have failed to sufficiently condemn the terror and terrorists of 9-11. He does not name the specific organizations, nor does he give any specific examples of how certain condemnations are more adequate than others. This lack of distinction leaves all Muslims and their organizations wearing the dreaded proto-Nazi neo-hijab. This type of rhetoric is not without consequences in this lunatic with-us-or-against-us world.
I read and re-read Amir Taheri's article on Hijab in National Post.
He is talking about the special form of head-cover that is designed to cover the whole of the head.
He makes this clear by mentioning the names of several other forms of traditional head-covering Islam. PLEASE READ HIS ARTICLE IN AN HONEST WAY!
He is right in saying that this new form of Hijab did not exist before 1975 and was created as a political symbol.
I have asked my mother and grandmother and looked into family albums to check that. He is RIGHT.
This new form of Hijab did not exist.
It became a symbol of Khomeinist Islam and then of other radical groups including those linked with Al Qaeda.
What is wrong with pointing out that this particular form of head-covering has nothing to do with Islam as a religion?
I am an Iraqi and know that our women covered their head in many ways, mostly with colourful scarves. But never wit the kind of Hijab you now see in the West worn by new converts to Islam or militants.
Posted by: Jamila Sherian at October 14, 2003 11:35 AM