Jan 13, 2009

The Head Scarf Issue

Apparently, the hujum in 1927 didn't stick. Probably, because it could only remain implemented with a crazy amoral brutality that only Stalin brings to the table.

Today, the Financial Times' Charles Clover reports on the enforcing of mandatory head scarves for women entering public buildings in beautiful Chechnya. He writes:

Many girls are the first in three generations to cover their heads, and it does not come naturally to some. The Soviet Union even encouraged women to burn their headscarves, to discourage its officially atheist youth from falling under the sway of religion.

Forced traditions that haven't been traditions for generations are nothing new to the region. Moreover, I do like the words "even encouraged" there. Apparently, someone skimmed through Veiled Empire Anyway, this is clearly a Russian constitution issue. The Russian constitution strictly separates church from state. Tanya Lokshina, of Human Rights Watch in Moscow, says the legality of the headscarf policy in Chechnya is controversial, but:

There seems to be a tacit agreement between the Kremlin and Kadyrov that, as long as the violence is contained, he can do whatever he wants.

Excellent policy for the short term, except inconsistency could lead to more trouble. Previous attempts in other predominantly Islamic regions such as Dagestan and Ingushetia to mandate Islamic values have led to confrontation with the Kremlin.

I strongly suggest you read the whole article. Gas is not the only problem in our beloved Russia.


Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Ok, gas and the head scarf.

...and HIV.

Oh, and the poor quality of street shaurma.

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