This is about a distinguished physician, author and Muslim woman living in the U.S. who supports the controversial ban on burkas and facial coverings as imposed by the gutsy Sarkozy government in France.
Dr. Qanta Ahmed is the author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. She is a board certified sleep disorders specialist at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York and Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). Previously, she has practiced medicine at the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and in the National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and also at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
In her writings, Dr. Ahmed identifies herself as a secular, or heterodox, Muslim who decries the culture of abayas and burkas. In this article (linked below) she talks about the history of veiling woman and the sense of oppression it imposes on Muslim women who yearn to be free and equal. Beware, her writings will cause some to reach for a dictionary, but her message is refreshing and pragmatic. Big words don’t impress a Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic like me.
Too bad there are not more Muslims in this country like Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, of Arizona, with the courage to speak out in favor of reform and dignity for all, with a willingness to assimilate into American life. If the majority were of her ilk, the minority radicals could be better repressed from their jihad frame of mind.
Here’s her article:
More about Dr. Ahmed:
If only for reasons of security, I’m of the opinion that all free nations of the western world would do well to follow the lead of France in this issue. Would certainly make Juan Williams feel better on airplanes.