sexy hijabOver the last year I have criticized Muslim women who feel they have to wear the hijab. While I have no issues with this article of clothing itself, I do take issue with it being forced upon people. I have seen it as an oppressive mechanism solely because it is mandated by Islamic tradition. That is about to change.

Muazzez Ilmiye Cig, a 92-year-old retired archaeologist in Turkey, has found the true roots of this controversial headscarf. Cig is an expert on the ancient Sumerian civilization of Mesopotamia and boldly claims that the hijab dates back more than 5,000 years — several millennia before the birth of Islam. So what you say? Well, Cig says that the headscarves were worn by priestesses… priestesses who initiated young men to sex! Suddenly, stock in hijabs just went through the roof. I’ll be getting one for my wife, but that’s another topic ;)

As reward for her research, Cig is facing 1 1/2 years in prison for "inciting religious hatred". She goes to trial a week before a crucial European Union report on Turkey’s progress toward membership. Turkey has been dinged in the past for curbing freedoms, and I don’t think this will help.

So here’s what I’d like to see discussed:
- Will you look at women wearing the hijab the same way?
- Does Turkey belong in the EU?
- And anything else of course :)

Related posts:

  1. Hijab Or Bust
  2. Take This Hijab And Shove It!