Friday Links

Ramadan isn't just a time where millions of Muslims fast - it's also a time where they're subjected to ignorant and irritating questions. Radhika Sanghani lists the worst. 'Miss Muslimah' Photos Show Just How Outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a day, and the winner is chosen by a jury of orphaned children. But the girls are similar to the girls in the West. Given the rise of hate crimes and … [Read more...]

A Principled Pageant?: Saudi Arabia’s Miss Beautiful Morals

News media reported at the beginning of the month that Saudi Arabia will hold its first beauty pageant, now in its second year. This pageant, unlike the standard pageants that feature contestants in various outfits and judge them on their appearance, is looking for "Miss Beautiful Morals." The contest, open to women ages 15 to 25, will not take physical appearance into account but judge contestants on their "inner beauty," based on interactions with their mothers. The 10-week contest is in its … [Read more...]