Trump speaks to open a meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to
Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF), in the Eisenhower Executive
Office Building, on the White House complex, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in
Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
• Chhath Is Eliminating the
Distance between Religions, Muslim Women Are Also Observing Fast
• Ivanka Trump to Promote Women’s
Prosperity in Morocco
• Plan to Ban Niqab In Indonesian
Government Offices Stirs Controversy
• ‘No Shame In Being Sick’: Arab
Journalist Fights Breast Cancer, Creates Awareness Campaign Along The Way
• Man behind Indonesia’s Flogging
Laws Is Publicly Whipped HIMSELF After Being Caught Romping with Married Woman
• Arab News Appoints Somayya
Jabarti As Assistant Editor-In-Chief
• Video of Lawyers in Pakistan Kicking
Woman Outside Court Goes Viral
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School of Economics Thesis on Muslim Women in West Bengal Wins Bayly Prize
Royal Asiatic Society’s Bayly Prize has been won by a student of London School
of Economics (LSE) for her anthropological thesis on the lives of Muslim women
in rural West Bengal.
Bayly Prize is named after historian Christopher A. Bayly, whose work began in
the 1960s in Varanasi and north India, and went on to make field-defining
contributions to 19th century India and global history. Based in Cambridge,
Bayly passed away in 2015.
of the 2019 Bayly Prize selected the doctoral thesis titled ‘Weaving lives from
violence: Possibility and change for Muslim women in West Bengal’ by Alexandra
Stadlen, out of 26 submissions from 11 universities, of which four were short
listed, the society said.
winning thesis supervised by Laura Bear and Mukulika Banerjee explored the changing
lives of Muslim women in Tarakhali village in West Bengal, drawing together the
lives of a diverse group of women to ask what it is to be a Muslim woman at
this juncture in contemporary India.
prize worth £2,500 is awarded to research in areas of Bayly’s scholarly
interest approved for the PhD degree by a British university. Instituted in
2018, its first awardee was Johannes Lotze of the University of Manchester for
his thesis on early Ming world order, 1368-1453.
Royal Asiatic Society was founded by noted Sanskrit scholar H T Colebrooke in
1823. It received the royal charter from King George IV in 1824 ‘for the
investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science,
literature and the arts in relation to Asia’.
affiliated societies include the Asiatic Society, Kolkata (founded in 1784).
Scholars who have been members of the society include Rabindranath Tagore,
explorer-writer Richard Burton and archaeologist Aurel Stein.
Is Eliminating the Distance between Religions, Muslim Women Are Also Observing
The Mahaparava Chhath of Suryopasana is not only a festival of folk faith, but
also reduces the distance between people of different religion. The stove on
which Chhathvarti Prasad is made for Chhath festival in Bihar is made by Muslim
families. Not only this, Muslim women also perform Chhath festival in many
districts. Muslim women from many localities of Patna start preparing Chulha
for Chhath a week before Chhath festival.
soil is brought from the Ganges coast to make the stove. Pebbles and stones are
extracted from this soil and mixed with straw and water. Stoves are prepared
from this clay pot. It is worth noting that the consumption of meat and garlic
and onion in the house of the Muslim family of women who make these chulhas is
stopped a month in advance. Even after the Ujjwala scheme, earthen chulhas are
kept in all the houses in the villages, but this is not the case in Patna.
People here have to buy earthen stove in Chhath festival.
Khatoon, a Muslim woman who sells earthen stoves on Veerchand Patel Marg in
Patna, said, "My father-in-law also used to do this work. This work has
been done in my house for 40 years. Now, we make stoves for the festival.
" Mahatab, who lives in Patna's R Block locality, said that this time the
stove makers had a big problem in raising soil, because the floods in Punpun,
Ganga and Son rivers could not get soil easily.
Trump to Promote Women’s Prosperity in Morocco
Ivanka Trump is getting ready to promote her women’s economic development
program on an upcoming trip to Morocco.
will be her third overseas trip this year to promote the Women’s Global
Development and Prosperity Initiative, which was launched in February to
benefit women in developing countries.
President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser will visit the North
African country in early November, the White House said. Specific dates for her
travel were not released.
a statement to The Associated Press, Ivanka Trump said the kingdom of Morocco
is a valued US ally that has “taken strides” under King Mohammed VI to promote
August, she tweeted her support to the Moroccan government after it began the
process of amending its inheritance laws, which say women should receive half
as much as men.
Trump will travel with Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corp.,
an independent US foreign aid agency that provides grants to developing
countries to help promote economic growth, reduce poverty and strengthen
will meet with government officials and local leaders in Morocco’s capital,
Rabat, and in Casablanca to discuss how to help women in the region gain a
measure of economic independence.
Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative has a goal of helping 50
million women in developing nations advance economically over the next six
a US government-wide effort that involves the State Department, the National
Security Council and other agencies. It aims to coordinate existing programs
and develop new ones to help women in areas such as job training, financial
support and legal or regulatory reforms.
Trump traveled to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast , in sub-Saharan Africa, in April
and to Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay , in South America, in September to
promote the initiative.
to Ban Niqab In Indonesian Government Offices Stirs Controversy
suggestion proposed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s minister to ban the
niqab in government offices has triggered mixed responses among officials and
politicians amid the country’s apparent fight against radicalism.
some supported the plan to ban the niqab in government compounds, others
disapproved of it and demanding that the government not intervene in the dress
decisions of Muslim women.
idea of the ban was first put on the table by Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul
Razi, who said Wednesday that his office was studying the plan and might
recommend a regulation on the ban, CNNIndonesia.com reported, though he has
since backtracked on his statement.
might be further measures, but we are not banning the niqab, but we are banning
it from government offices for security reasons, especially after what happened
to Pak Wiranto," Fachrul said as reported by CNNIndonesia.com, referring
to a recent attack against former coordinating political, legal and security
affairs minister Wiranto.
Cholil Qoumas, a House of Representatives member from the National Awakening
Party (PKB), said in response to the plan that the government must refrain from
telling people how to dress.
better for the government to take care of more substantial things. There are
also many people who use the niqab and they have moderate views, not radical,”
Yaqut said on Thursday.
Susanto, a lawmaker from the National Mandate Party (PAN), criticized Fachrul’s
statement, which he dubbed a faulty generalization, saying that it would be
better for the minister to focus on handling existing problems
far there is no exact correlation between attire and radicalism; there is no
study and no conclusion yet. Even people who use trousers like millennials can
carry out shootings, such as what happened in New Zealand,” Yandri said,
referring to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March.
use of the niqab among Muslim women in the Muslim-majority country has stirred
debate in society; particularly since wearing a full-face veil has never been
considered mainstream Islamic practice in Indonesia.
over whether Muslim women are required to cover their faces has left Muslim
scholars divided. While the majority of them believe doing so is unnecessary,
rights activists have asserted that wearing the niqab is a part of religious
freedom and should therefore be protected.
and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, however, said that banning the
use of the niqab in government offices was fine so long as all employees abided
by the regulations applied at their respective offices.
institutional head has regulations. At my office, for instance, my employees
should follow the regulations, such as wearing white shirts on Monday and
Tuesday, wearing batik on Thursday,” he said.
asked whether the niqab constituted a part of religion freedom, Tjahjo said,
“They are allowed to wear [niqab], but in their own houses. If they are
employees, [they] must [abide] by the rules.”
Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy concurred with Tjahjo,
with tempo.co quoting him as saying that the use of the Niqab could be better
regulated as it was disruptive to tasks related to public services.
when asked for confirmation on Thursday afternoon, Fachrul denied having ever
said that his office was studying the plan.
someone wants to issue the regulation to ban [niqab] for security concerns, go
ahead, but the Religious Affairs Ministry will not issue a ban,” he said. (afr)
Shame In Being Sick’: Arab Journalist Fights Breast Cancer, Creates Awareness
Campaign Along The Way
London-based Lebanese journalist Jocelyne Elia underwent treatment for breast
cancer this year, and is now raising awareness of the illness in the Middle
East. She is a television presenter, and the food and travel editor for Arab
News’ sister publication Asharq Al-Awsat.
wrap up Arab News’ campaign to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we
spoke to Elia about the importance of Arab women checking their breasts for
irregularities and ensuring that they make an appointment with a doctor if they
have any concerns. She described how, despite Arab women being highly educated,
there is still a stigma attached to the disease in the Middle East, and a
shroud of fear surrounding it. She also explained how positivity,
determination, and her loved ones helped her to fight the disease.
did you discover that you had breast cancer?
discovered a small lump — around one centimeter — on my breast in May 2019
while I was travelling. I had it checked as soon as I got back to London,
around a week later, at the London Breast Clinic, where they had an ultrasound
doctor, a mammography doctor and a surgeon on-site, which was very lucky. They
all saw me at the same time.
didn’t find out whether I had breast cancer straight away, but the doctors
highlighted three different issues with my breast. One of the issues worried my
surgeon — Simon Marsh — and so he took a biopsy. One week later, I got the
result that confirmed I had cancer. I discovered I had stage one, grade two
breast cancer on May 17, 2019.
wasn’t really checking myself when I found the lump. I happened to pass my hand
through my clothing and felt that there was something unnatural there. I really
encourage women, especially in the Arab world to check their breasts for lumps
and thickenings. If the lump is superficial, it is easy to feel.
also strongly recommend women, especially from the Middle East, to have
themselves examined even if they have not found anything abnormal on their
breasts. Not every lump is cancerous, but early detection increases the chances
of being cured.
you think there is a stigma surrounding breast cancer in the Middle East?
Definitely. Women, especially those from the
Middle East, fear cancer and that’s why they leave it late to be examined.
While undergoing treatment at a clinic in London’s Harley Street — which is
known for its large number of private specialists in medicine and surgery — I
met other Arab women, mainly from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. We used to have our
treatments at the same time, and because I speak Arabic, I used to talk to
them. I was very sad to find out that a lot of young women sought treatment at
stage three and four, which is really unacceptable. If breast cancer is
discovered early, it can be curable, as long as it hasn’t travelled to other
parts of the body and as long as it is still inside the breast and hasn’t gone
through the axilla. Many women in the
Middle East are too scared to check themselves. Even if they check and find
something, they don’t get themselves examined. Some have an examination done
but when they are told that they have cancer, they get really scared about what
will happen and leave it until it’s too late to seek treatment. If the cancer
develops to stage four, it can kill them.
women are highly educated and therefore this behavior has nothing to do with
ignorance. The stigma surrounding cancer, and just the word cancer, scares many
people. What I am trying to do now is to change this stigma and tell everyone
that there is nothing to be scared of. Cancer is cancer. And it’s like any
other problem that you may face in your life.
in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. After my
experience, I’d like to say there is nothing to be scared of, but if you
discover that you have it, you have to do the right thing and listen to the
doctor, have all the required check-ups, eat well, undergo treatment, and take
the necessary medication afterwards.
do you think of Arab News’ campaign to raise breast cancer awareness?
so proud of it as a Saudi publication raising awareness about breast cancer.
There is a large number of women suffering from breast cancer in the Middle
East, with the highest number in Lebanon. But lots of people still don’t know
much about it, even though it is so common. I am therefore really happy to see
Arab News and other Arab media raise awareness. Personally, too, I’m very happy
to be given the chance to talk about it because there is no shame in being
from the medical side of things, what else was important to you during your
treatment for cancer?
most important thing is to surround yourself with good people. My friends and
family don’t understand how good they were to me; they don’t know how much
strength they gave me. They supported me out of love and care. For cancer
patients, it’s very important that they surround themselves with positive
people — people who know how to ask how they are doing.
in the Arab world, people don’t know how to deal with a cancer patient. It is
also a problem in the West too, but as someone who comes from the Middle East
and does not have a history of cancer in the family, it was a new experience
for me. I noticed that if you don’t surround yourself with positive, good and
caring people, you can become depressed. Cancer is a mental illness as well as
a physical one.
kind of treatment did you undergo?
first treatment I had was a lumpectomy on May 30, and it was successful. I had
the operation less than two weeks after I discovered I had cancer. I then
underwent radiotherapy, and after that I started taking medication called
tamoxifen which blocks the growth of breast cancer and reduces the risk of it
recurring. It has a lot of side effects, but you have to be positive in these
kinds of situations.
will be examined on November 21, when I’ll have a mammogram and ultrasound and
be informed whether I am cancer-free.
advice would you give to anyone who’s been diagnosed with cancer, or is
lose touch with the outside world. Cancer puts you in a bubble. Even your
vocabulary changes; you start using words that you’ve never used before and you
become more enlightened about medical issues. You must educate yourself.
really helped me. It really helped me keep my mind off of things. My profession
is a creative one and my mind was always working. And even though I could only
go to work once or twice a week, it was refreshing to see my friends and my
colleagues, and to discuss something other than illness and breast cancer.
everyone is different and undergoing treatment is very difficult. Sometimes you
can become very tired and find it difficult to get out of bed. You have to know
behind Indonesia’s Flogging Laws Is Publicly Whipped HIMSELF After Being Caught
Romping with Married Woman
man behind Indonesia’s flogging laws is publicly whipped HIMSELF after he was
caught romping with a married woman.
Ulema Council (MPU) member Mukhlis helped draft the strict religious laws
ordering adulterers to be flogged and faced the punishment himself when he was
beaten 28 times with a rattan cane on Thursday.
reveal Mukhlis grimacing and flinching during the ordeal in the provincial
capital of Banda Aceh.
Besar deputy regent Husaini Wahab said that flogging a council member
underlined the commitment to enforcing Islamic law.
told reporters: "No matter who you are... if you violate (Islamic) law you
will be whipped".
would likely be sacked under his employer's moral code, Wahab added.
married woman was also flogged about 23 times as she knelt on the floor covered
by a white cloth.
is used as a common punishment in the deeply conservative Aceh region on
Indonesia's Sumatra island.
is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that
imposes Sharia law.
law was adopted in 2001 as part of a deal with the central government.
can be flogged for a range of offences including gambling, drinking alcohol,
having gay sex, engaging in sex before marriage, or having an extramarital
98 per cent of Aceh's five million residents are Muslims and subject to its
groups have slammed public flogging as an inhuman punishment, and Indonesia's
President Joko Widodo has called for it to end.
the practice has wide support among Aceh's mostly Muslim population and is
meant to deter others from "violating Sharia law".
head of the local public order agency, Marwan, who like many Indonesian goes by
one name, said: “This law is designed to have a deterrent effect, not only for
the offenders but for the spectators who watch the caning.”
added: “The pain of being flogged is not that bad, the embarrassment is worse.”
this year unmarried couples were brutally whipped in public after being caught
cuddling, holding hands and having sex.
couples received up to 22 strokes each outside a mosque in Banda Aceh - after
already serving months inside prison.
punishments were meted out by a masked 'religious officer' - in front of a crowd containing kids - using
a rattan cane
police had allegedly caught them cuddling , holding hands or, in some cases, having
sex outside marriage.
in November last year a woman was caned for allegedly having sex outside
marriage in the region while cheering crowds looked on.
same thing had happened in September, as another woman was lead on stage to be
female university student was also flogged a dozen times after she was caught
spending the night in a boarding house with a man, who escaped punishment
because he was underage.
of onlookers often watch the floggings, with some recording them on their
January, a Indonesian Christian was flogged for selling alcohol in the province
at the tip of Sumatra island.
News Appoints Somayya Jabarti As Assistant Editor-In-Chief
Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, announces the
appointment of Somayya Jabarti in the capacity of Assistant Editor-in-Chief.
Jabarti will assume the role as of 3 November 2019, she will work alongside
deputy editor Tarek Mishkhas out of the newspaper’s headquarters in Riyadh. Her
role will encompass several local, regional and international responsibilities.
are delighted to announce the return of Somayya to the Arab News family. She
brings invaluable editorial and managerial experience and we look forward to
her contributions to our vision and expanding operations," said Faisal J.
Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News. “Somayya will also play a vital role in
the training and development of our reporters and in helping Arab News achieve
its goal of having the Middle East’s first gender-balanced newsroom by the end
of next year,” he added.
Arab News veteran, Jabarti recently headed the Saudi Government's Center for
International Communication (CIC). Prior to that, she became the kingdom's
first-ever female newspaper editor when she succeeded Khaled al-Maeena at the
helm of Saudi Gazette in 2014. Jabarti has nearly two decades of media
experience, she was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women List in 2015, she
has also been listed as one of Arabian Business’ Top 100 Most powerful Arab
Women and was among Al Arabiya English’s Top 10 Muslim Women that made
headlines in 2014. Additionally among other awards, she was the recipient of
the Arab Woman Award for media in 2015.
of Lawyers in Pakistan Kicking Woman Outside Court Goes Viral
video of a woman from Pakistan being beaten, kicked and thrown on the ground by
lawyers has gone viral online and people are outraged.
incident occurred in Shakargarh city outside a local court. The group of
lawyers shoved and assaulted the woman one by one as police silently watched
from the sides, the video that was shared on Twitter showed.
to a report by Geo TV, the incident was confirmed by an official of Shakargarh
police, occurred after a brawl between the lawyers and Amrat, the woman who had
come for an appearance at the court hearing.
a resident of Shahpur Bhanguk, claimed that the lawyers misbehaved with her
whereas the advocates alleged that she attacked them.
to a report by Samaa TV, she said that the lawyers did not let her enter the
chamber, dragged her outside the court and beat her up. The disturbing video
showed them repeatedly kicking and pushing her as she fell on the ground while
others looked on.
Local Bar Association’s President, Naeem Iqbal, alleged that Amrat attempted to
abduct Yasir Khan, who is one of the accused lawyers.
wear a black coat or specific uniform? Be assured you got very right to
ridicule any person living in this country. 2 smug lawyers & police are
battering a woman seeking justice but if this happened to them they'd have put
whole country under seige.
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police case has been registered against the Pakistani lawyers.
Ahmad Malik, the Deputy Superintendent, stated authorities received petitions
from the parties and an FIR (first information report) would be lodged.
TV also reported that Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar, took notice of the
incident and has ordered the Narowal district police to submit a report.
video got shared on Twitter thousands of times and people expressed their anger
at the treatment of the woman.
user @zakir_Khurram posted the video and wrote: “Lawyers from Shakargarh
providing justice to woman in courts premises. These lawyers are educated n law
knowing goons of this era. Pity the nation who disrespects its women.”
tweep @mazeemtweet suggested that the Chief Justice should take action: “Happened
in Shakargarh. Sometimes I hate for being a human as I can't do anything. Real
face of lawyers. Highly condemnable act. She is the daughter of someone or may
be the sister. What if there were your daughter or sister? CJ should take
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