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From Burqas to Abayas

Date: December 8, 2001
Author: Ellen Goodman
QUOTE: But in Saudi Arabia, under our own rules, a servicewoman is, as she once said, "treated like a Muslim piece of property."

ABSTRACT: US military regulations require US servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to dress in ways compatible with local customs/mores, to avoid giving offense. A Christian servicewomen has filed a lawsuit claiming that this requirement forces her to adopt the behavior of another religion (religious discrimination against her) and also to accept 2nd-class treatment as a woman (gender discrimination). The obvious question--- how to balance individual rights against the larger mission of working with people of other cultures.

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