Miss Mouna smiling under her veil, Salalah, Oman photo by Eric Lafforgue the photographer writes himself, commenting his wonderful portrait:
This is a real challenge to take picture of the Omani women wearing niqab or burka without a 300mm zoom!
Mouna from Salalah accepted and was very happy to explain me that many women in Oman tend to do like she does: she puts some cream on her face to make her skin more white, as men prefer it to the black one. Few years ago, black people were still slaves in Oman, so like in Africa, many women use those dangerous creams that can lead to skin cancer… I just sniffed the cream, and was nearly blind!
And for those who say that muslim women do not like pictures, i can tell you that once i gave Mouna a Polaroid of her, all her friends came to ask for one too! © Eric Lafforgue www.ericlafforgue.com
“A religion, which makes humans dark, is wrong…” Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) wrote. If one connects this with his remark: “It is the greatest incumbency of a philosopher and becomes most seldom found anyway to be consistently …” – then one has to brood, how consistent people have to behave versus a gloomy religion opinion. Since “September Eleven” one asks not only how to react versus the Islam-bound fundamentalism, but also how to act against obstinately Christian crusade reflexes. Kant behaved with pleasure quite rationally to the at that time usual religiousness: But it almost was not possible to show more than quiet irony alike: “Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.” Kant trusted in the strength of the law, trusted in the conscience, inherent to every human being. Pertinaciously he stuck to this believe – and expressed thereby a careful protest against the claim to power of the princely potentates and religion representatives. So he became a quiet advocate of the French idea of revolution while he declined any brute force at the same time. While insistently preaching the necessity of using rational intelligence, he became the indirect creator of the UN, the personification of that hope, that the community of nations should be able to come to in agreement to inform each other in such a way, that to harm each other can not be the interest of one’s own mutually… more at frizztext about KANT
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“Eine Religion, welche die Menschen irgendwie auch finster macht, muss falsch sein…” grübelte einst der deutsche Philosph Immanuel KANT (1724-1804). Auch heutzutage hat aufgeklärtes Denken zum Teil seine Schwierigkeiten mit dem fundamentalistischen Islam. Frauenfeindlichkeit wird ihm nachgesagt. Einige westeuropäische Länder haben das Tragen von Verschleierungen verboten, allen voran Frankreich. Selbst in der Türkei ist diese Art Gesichts-Vermummung zumindest aus den Universitäten und Schulen verbannt. In Deutschland ist man sich noch nicht ganz schlüssig, ob und wie man reagieren soll. Tolerierend oder verbietend …