I’m also really bored of Indians who selectively pick the ‘good’ things about Pakistan and claim it’s Indian and pick the ‘bad’ things about Pakistan and state that it’s Pakistani or, like I’ve been told by Indians to my face, “Taliban Afghan influence” - literally stereotyping an entire nation to a caricature. I’ve seen Tumblr users do it too. Pakistani models? “Oh, they’re Indian, it’s the same thing.” But it’s not. The aesthetics are different, the influence is different, the fucking jor tor of the entire process is different. Zayn Malik? “Pakistani, Indian, same thing.” Except not. He’s politicized differently, he’s decidedly Pakistani and Muslim, the shit he hears is a lot different than what an Indian celebrity would hear. I’m personally embarrassed I have to bring Malik up but considering how daft everyone likes to be, I have no choice. Drones in Pakistan? “They deserve it.” Bomb blasts in Pakistan? “Oh, no. They’re Pakistani, we’re Indian. We’re totally different. We’re peaceful, they’re not.” Muslim peasants that demanded a separate mandate? “Oh they shouldn’ve shut up about it and remembered revolutionary potential.” That cherry picking fuckery is pretty blatant and tacky and typical. Also, fuck that piece of shit who said Urdu has a “Farsi fetish”. My god, forgive Pakistan for being geographically located directly under the historical impact of several empires - one of which was Persian and had tremendous influence on Urdu grammar, vocabulary and even style of writing - nastaleeq. Maybe you should stop disguising your resentful hatred for Pakistan as ‘linguistical research’ on Urdu because it’s a lot more complicated than the shit you’ve been hearing from Aman Ki Asha dumb asses who believe conflicts can be resolved through booze and flag themed balloons.
Don't you think Islam is too "extreme" that you can't even shake hands with the opposite gender?
But if you really wanna know what’s “extreme” (you don’t), I’ll have you know that it is pretty “extreme” to take a religious tradition with over 14 centuries of legal, philosophical, jurisprudential, exegetical, political, and societal thought, that has spread to just about every continent, that has come in contact with probably the majority of the world’s contemporary cultures, that has over a billion adherents in the world, that has at least five major schools of law, and that has an extraordinary capacity to be adaptable to space and time, and to reduce that tradition in its vast richness to one monolithic understanding of one arbitrary, useless issue. And while you’re at it, you can take your eurocentric understanding of what is “normal” behavior and shove it because if your primary concern with Islam is supposedly not being able to shake someone’s hand, your concern isn’t at all with the faith but with Otherizing and vilifying its adherents as ignorant followers of a religion that you, in your ignorance, have labeled as too extreme because it seemingly doesn’t conform to what you deem acceptable.
'the vast majority' of scholars being old white men from saudi arabia, forgive me if i really don't agree with them *runs away crying*
What I find sad and disheartening is that while many women tout equality for both genders, it is often those same women who are dismissive of the choices people of the same gender make themselves. Like, do you really think so many Muslim women, many of whom are very well educated, would cover themselves completely in the scorching hot summers if they weren’t compelled by the evidence presented in favor of the physical hijab?
Men do not dictate the actions of all Muslim women. Just because a sheikh in Saudi Arabia says the physical hijab is mandatory doesn’t mean that’s why women wear it.
And just for the record, here are a few modern women scholars in various specialties of Islam who choose to cover:
Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Dr. Soad Saleh
Dr. Intisar Rabb
Dr. Zainab Alwani
Dr. Jamillah Karim
Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi
And those are just the ones I thought of off the top of my head.
*runs away crying*
I strongly dislike this idea that progression in countries is measured by their imitation of western society.