Day 20~ February 20th~ Lebanon

veiled~ muslim girl in Tripoli

In a geographically small country like Lebanon, people of different religions live side by side. It is so difficult to explain how religions, tradition, cultural norms, rules, and social order organize themselves there. Within each religion are sects, groups, different belief systems, different dress codes and different tolerances.

Having been born to a christian family, the only veils I saw in my village were worn by older aunts and grandmothers who wore them in the church out of respect or from self imposed reverence. With some of our muslim neighbors, the veil was imposed on girls as they reached puberty and it was mandatory.

The veil has become a very hot global issue in the last decade and attached to it is the idea of freedom of choice or the lack of, feminism or living in the shadow of men, a religious statement or a political one and it goes on even to the courts of Europe that had to deal with the issue outside of the muslim world.

The veil originally was only worn by the wives of the prophet Mohammed, and was only much later introduced as a symbol of conformity to a strict religious belief.

veils are not work by muslim girls until puberty

 

22 thoughts on “Day 20~ February 20th~ Lebanon

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  2. Beautiful portraits! Thank you, for taking such effort; it allows people like me to get a glimpse of places and people we may never have, otherwise.

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  3. Beautiful portraits! Thank you for taking the effort you to do, making this blog happen, so that people like me can get a glimpse of places and people we may never have, otherwise!

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  4. The light in these photos is exquisite Mimo and I’ve just seen that you have been freshly pressed.. heartiest congratulations and very well deserved. Your beautiful photos deserve a wider audience 🙂

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  5. Love the picture of the girl. I understand completely what you are saying about culture. With a Muslim great-grandmother, a Jewish grandmother and Christian parents. I am very aware of the different cultures. Makes me feel guilty as hell when I eat a bacon sandwich, but they taste too good.

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