Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Scarves of Many Colors"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Scarves of Many Colors"

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"Scarves of Many Colors"

The alleged discriminatory treatment of women in Muslim countries is often used as an excuse for hostility to Islam. In Western eyes the headscarf typically worn by Muslim women is frequently cited as one of the examples of poor treatment, even though similar dress by Orthodox Jewish women or some religious Christian women does not trigger such outrage. Because headscarves are such a central issue in the Western perception of Islam, it is very helpful to have an audiotape which provides an intelligent discussion of the issue. "Scarves of Many Colors" is a 25-minute radio documentary co-produced by Joan Bohorfoush and Diana Dickerson, with a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities. The project was sponsored by the Portland chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Middle East Center of Portland State University. The tape can be used in classes, and for radio broadcasts. Radio Pacifica has already aired the tape and there is a possibility that it may also appear on some NPR stations.

Until now there has been little attempt made by the mainstream media to understand this religious practice or to encourage respect for Islam and Muslim Americans by the American public. …

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