Monday, August 26, 2002

Arab Fashion Designer Under Fire

Fida Naamneh, 23, is in danger of receiving Salman Rushdie-type death threats. Why? A 'racy' dress with Allah's name on it. Naamneh is not from an Arab country, of course ... she lives in Israel.

But she says it was her love for Islam and a desire to promote Arab culture which inspired her creation.

"I am proud of being Arab and Muslim and I don't understand why in my society some people think I did something wrong," she said.

Naamneh seems surprised that she could both love Islam and be ostracized by fellow Muslims. Perhaps she never understood fundamentalist oppression until she actually tried to express herself.

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