Muhajababes

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2006 - Islam - 281 pages
Meet Allegra Stratton, hip young journalist. She's been wrong about the war in Iraq, fallen out with her friend, and is fast approaching a quarter-life crisis. In her disillusionment she takes herself to Beirut, Amman, Cairo, Dubai, Kuwait City and Damascus to understand what daily life is like for Arabs of her own age. She finds that two-thirds of the Middle East population is younger than 25. That there are more graduates than at any time in history, but few jobs to go round.The youth are trying to come to terms with the Middle Eastern ripple of change: Iraq's first post-Saddam elections, Lebanon's Cedar Revolution, Kuwait giving women the vote. Islamic revival is in the wind. Or is it? While looking for youth culture as she knows it, Allegra soon discovers that it is the massive video industry of airbrushed, heavily produced, scantily clad singers who hold the affections of young Arabs-the Muhajababes. And there's a contradiction: many of the fans of these semi-naked popstrels are also very devout.Is this trendy Islam, or just another form of religious conservatism? The answer to this question may lie closer to home than Allegra thought.
 

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MUHAJABABES: Meet the New Middle East--Young, Sexy, and Devout

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BBC producer Stratton looks at demographic and cultural trends in the Arab world, and by her account things are just going to get stranger.Throughout the Middle East, writes the author, are legions of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Requiem for Zen
10
Generation Returned
29
Wasta
41
Virgin in Beirut
52
Arab Alex
69
Hizbollah Acne
85
Palestinian Red Bull
95
The Cairene Sensei
143
The New Eve
157
The Problem with Being Rewish
169
Daddy Comes Home
187
Killed the Song
199
Gezzing
215
Fulla Pink
227
The Muslim Fight Club
241

Badly Drawn Girls
108
Designing the Revolution
118
I Need a Right
132
Epilogue
260
Acknowledgements
278
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