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Muslim Women Boxers Emerge

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    Muslim women head to head, hijab to hijab http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2007/11/02/boxing/index.html A new saying could start circulating among Middle
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2007
      Muslim women head to head, hijab to hijab
      http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2007/11/02/boxing/index.html


      A new saying could start circulating among Middle Eastern boxing
      rings: Float like a burqa, sting like a bee.

      OK, Muslim women aren't exactly boxing in burqas, but they are
      knocking each other out in the ring while wearing hijabs. The Age
      reports that women's boxing has emerged in certain Middle Eastern
      countries -- like Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia.
      Keep in mind, though, that women's boxing in the Middle East hasn't
      arisen because of changing attitudes toward women but because of
      changing sporting standards -- a country cannot enter male boxers into
      Olympic competitions unless it has a women's team in the same sport.

      It's plain to see that cultural attitudes haven't shifted along with
      Olympic standards. The four female Jordanian boxers profiled by the
      Age are not of the Muslim mainstream; three are Muslims of African
      descent, and one is a Christian. They're also members of the police
      force to begin with, so it's not as though boxing has become the
      workout of choice for Middle Eastern housewives. These scrappy sisters
      also face ringside disapproval: The Age quotes Ayman Awat, a male
      Jordanian boxer, who says, "I don't agree with this at all. It's a
      physical thing. They shouldn't fight, they should stay at home. A
      woman should be a lady."

      The cultural significance of this emerging sport shouldn't be
      overstated, but it does seem worth celebrating when hearing these
      women talk about their supportive fianc├ęs and fathers -- one woman
      impressed her pop by punching him in the shoulder to demonstrate her
      strength.

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