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To: DoughtyOne
"Look, you can wax rhapsodic over Iran all you like, the fact is that the burka is back in style, and women there are subject to Sharia law."

The Niqjab, which is the full-face hijab is much more prevalent in Saudi, than in Iran. In fact, in Saudi, if it's not the niqjab, then it's definitely the burka. Most young women in Tehran wear the hijab, not the burka and not the Niqjab.

While Sharia Law is the law of the land in both countries, women actually have more rights in Iran, than they do in Saudi. Women in Saudi literally cannot go outside without permission from their men. Women in Iran can drive, they can vote. Tehran, despite years of theocratic dominance, is MUCH closer to Istanbul, than Riyadh is.

The difference between both countries as it relates to the west, is the official policy posture of their respective governments as it relates to the US and to Israel. But, strangely enough, culturally Iran is much more western than Saudi.

34 posted on 02/14/2011 10:12:17 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
I appreciate your alternative views on this.  In some ways I think you're comments are reasoned.
In others, I think you're practicing a great deal of head in the sand mentality.
This is the reality on the ground of the enlightened Iran you speak of.

Iranian Mullahs Stone 13-Year-Old Rape Victim  (note that the university student who wrote this had to use a pseudonym and publish from another nation.

Another rape victim to be stoned to death in Iran  (appears to have been an issue of adultery)

Stoning, Rape and Execution of Women is Bad Gender Policy; It is Time to Remove the Islamic Republic from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Stoning of Soraya M


35 posted on 02/14/2011 10:43:54 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for some people.)
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