When I heard that Queen Rania of Jordan appeared on The Oprah Show not too long ago, I was a bit skeptical. Don’t get me wrong–there isn’t much to dislike about Queen Rania. Oprah said it herself: Queen Rania is a “gorgeous mother of four” and “international fashion icon” whose mission is to “make the world a better place for women and children.”
I just had one fear: that the discourse of cosmopolitanism would take over, and a Muslim woman would, in fear of being marginalized, begin to undermine even those differences for which acknowledgement could breed respect and appreciation.
My fears were quickly dispelled as Queen Rania maintained that delicate balance between singing the “I am every woman” song, while still managing to highlight those things that make us unique and different.
Speaking about various topics, such as education, “the veil,” terrorism, women, and the relationship between Americans and Arabs, Queen Rania presents herself as a multi-dimensional woman. She identifies herself, in no particular order, as a Muslim, a woman, a queen, an Arab, an educator, and as a mother.