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Tango in Paris with a Niqabi

9 May 2011 6 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Tango in Paris with a Niqabi

A very interesting clip from a group called Red Rag Productions in which a Niqabi dances tango with her partner. It probably is a shocking clip for many to see as they consider Niqabis disenfranchised and inexpressive:

Probably not what you would expect on your morning commute to work!

Red Rag Productions describes itself as,

an independent film production company based in London. Red Rag is dedicated to making high quality documentaries and films on a range of controversial and contemporary issues, in particular those affecting minorities in European societies.

They are currently working on a documentary on the lives of 4 Muslim women in three different European cities and the tensions involved with “a Europe often reluctant to come to terms with women who are asserting their Muslim identities.” Check out there website: Red Rag Productions.


  1. C’est Magnifique cette video !! I found it lovely !! Thanks!! 🙂

  2. What do Niqabs even have to do with being Muslim, or expressing one’s Muslim identity? Nowhere in the Quran does it say women have to be, or even should be veiled. The Niqab, and all wrappings of the face and skin, are of cultural origin, and are symbols of Patriarchal dominance.

    It’s fine if women want to wear them, and I’m open to hearing arguments about that, but ask an Arab Muslim man today if he thinks a woman should have the choice to wear a veil or not. And when I say ask a man, I don’t mean ask a leading member of the intelligentsia, either. I mean ask an average Middle-Eastern man in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, or any other Middle-Eastern, Muslim dominated state. Ask the men what they think about it, and what they feel the veil means. Only then do you get to the root of what it stands for broadly* in Middle-Eastern society, and why the West is against them.

    As long as the belief that women MUST or SHOULD be veiled for Patriarchal reasons is dominant amongst Muslim thought, and that women are to be treated or can be treated as possessions and not people, any idea that wearing a veil or Niqab is somehow an expression of freedom is a moot point. It only reinforces the standard of making women appear as second-class citizens.

    *In a general sense, among common thought

  3. [2.16] These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction.
    [2.17] Their parable is like the parable of one who kindled a fire but when it had illumined all around him, Allah took away their light, and left them in utter darkness– they do not see.
    [2.18] Deaf, dumb (and) blind, so they will not turn back.
    [2.19] Or like abundant rain from the cloud in which is utter darkness and thunder and lightning; they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder peal, for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers.
    [2.20] The lightning almost takes away their sight; whenever it shines on them they walk in it, and when it becomes dark to them they stand still; and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have taken away their hearing and their sight; surely Allah has power over all things.
    [2.21] O men! serve your Lord Who created you and those before you so that you may guard (against evil).
    [2.22] Who made the earth a resting place for you and the heaven a canopy and (Who) sends down rain from the cloud then brings forth with it subsistence for you of the fruits; therefore do not set up rivals to Allah while you know.

  4. I am a dancer and was initally very excited about this clip until I saw that they were just playing around. You have great idea here! Find a woman who sometimes wears Niqabis who has refused the stereotype of being ‘disenfranchised and inexpressive’ by devoting herself to physical self expression through dance. I can think of few things that empower a woman more than learning to dance. It would make a huge political statement! A statement meant for the people who see women as inexpressive as well as for some Muslim men who may hate the idea, and then again for the people who see the men’s reactions and decide if something needs to be done… if that makes any sene.

  5. This is in response to Shane’s comments above:

    As a Muslim woman, I know that there are many Muslim men who DON’T want their wives and daughters to cover or wear a hijab (head-scarf) much less the niqab. Then there are those who are in favour of head-scarves but not the niqab. My husband falls in the latter category- he supports my wearing a head-scarf and dressing modestly, and he wouldn’t mind if I went out without my scarf as long as I look respectable.I wore hijab before I married him, and it’s what I choose to do. But he’s very much against the niqab, and we’ve had some heated arguements about it. He even went so far as to say that if I want to wear a niqab then he will divorce me! hehe.
    He needn’t worry, anyway, as I am happy with a headscarf (which I acknowledge as obligatory) and don’t feel the need to wear niqab ( which is optional and not obligatory).But that is my personal choice, and I do support the right of other women to make their personal choices, even when they differ from mine.
    Go ahead and ask Muslim men- and women!- what they think, but be prepared to be surprised when their opinions differ from your stereo-typed assumptions. Alot of women who wear niqab do so out of their own convictions- oftimes their father’s and husbands – even their mother’s and female relatives-try to discourage them.I’ve known alot of niqab wearing women and I never met one who was forced to wear it by a man. You say “it’s fine if they want to wear them”- so, ok, they do!

  6. Mash’Allah! A lovely idea. I’m an American revert to Islam, considering the niqab & glad to be where my right to wear is & will be defended.
    It’s immaterial if the Holy Qur’an doesn’t mention niqab beyond that the Prophet’s (saws) wives “looked like they had crows on their heads” because they were covered. When I become strong & worthy of emulating these magnificent Sisters, I too, will wear it, insh’Allah.

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