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a "try a hijab booth" (in America) is a way of forcing (American) people (through social pressure or guilt) to wear a hijab and is equal to how some countries force women to wear a hijab...
Rana Ahmad, 32, grew up in Saudi Arabia and was raised in a strictly Muslim way. Like all women in Saudi Arabia, she had to wear full veiling. Through family and religious police, she experienced oppression and sexual assault. When she began questioning Islam at the age of 26, her life changed radically. Because of the death penalty for atheism in Saudi Arabia, Rana fled to Germany in 2015 via Turkey, Greece and the Balkan route.
She has written a book about her moving story. "Women are not allowed to dream here" will be published on 15.01. in the btb publishing house. now: On the 19th of May 2015 you were standing at Istanbul airport - and you managed to escape. How did you feel? Rana Ahmad: I left the airport without my body veil and felt the sun on my body. I removed the niqab (the Muslim face veil, editor's note). I could enjoy the weather. I could laugh. I could dance and be crazy. I said to myself, "You did it, you did it, you did it!" It's something you can not imagine.
In Saudi Arabia, as a woman, you are a second-class person - and suddenly you are free. When did you realize that women in Saudi Arabia have less rights and freedom. That was at the age of 14 or 15 years. If my brother wanted to go outside with a friend, he simply asked my father. If I wanted to do something like that, I asked my mother and she either said no, wanted to go with me or say that my friends would have to come to our house.
In Saudi Arabia women are considered to be less valuable than men and impure. What did that do to you? When I first had my period, I asked my mother why I should not pray now. Then she said, "Because you are not pure and God will not accept you." I thought, "#! That's my God who created me and he does not find me in. "I felt bad. What would you have threatened if you had done something forbidden? First of all, as a woman you always accuse yourself when you have done something that is haram (forbidden in the sense of Sharia, editor's note).
For example, women also believe that it is their fault if they are raped or harassed. In case of misconduct one is sometimes beaten by his family. Sometimes they do not let you out of the house or give you any more money for the school. You write in your book that sexual assault in Saudi Arabia is extremely common. Why is that? If you separate women and men strictly from an early age, if there is no legitimate sexual freedom, and if you do not teach any sexual education, then it is quite clear how such a society works in terms of sexual matters. Many girls are abused or abused by their father, brother, or other family members.
"I can not eat as much as I want to puke." Max Liebermann - while watching the torchlight procession to Adolf Hitler's takeover on January 30, 1933"