Saturday, November 04, 2006

Islamic militants becoming more progressive about the role of women in society.

And it's about time, I say. Women are slowly making inroads into areas of militant life once seen as the exclusive domain of men:
The women, many with ties to the Islamic militant group Hamas, left their homes after daybreak in response to radio and telephone appeals. By nightfall, they were celebrated as heroes, an unusual role in a deeply conservative society that tends to keep women on the sidelines. Until Friday, battling Israeli troops had been men's business in Gaza.
It's possible that Western liberal values are finally having an effect on the old Islamic world. I, for one, will be looking forward to more of these progressive changes in the near future.

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