A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mind-Bending Headline to Start Your Week

A real headline from the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) from a couple of days ago: Kuwaiti Beach Volleyball Team Head to China.

Ponder that thought for a moment. Yes, Kuwait is sending a team of women players to China for the third Asian Beach Volleyball tournament. Yes, your immediate mental image was — well, you did try to picture a Kuwaiti beach volleyball team, didn't you?  And wonder about their, um, outfits?

But "out of adherence to Islam's teachings," we are told, "Kuwait players will wear modest uniform."


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