Fully clad from head to toe in her black cloak, called abaya, and her black head scarf, called hijab – nothing stops this Muslim woman from cooling off in the beautiful blue water of the Red Sea. I saw two women, fully clothed, submerged in the water on this hot day. They both stayed fairly close to the water’s edge, but stayed down in the water so as not to show their bodies. While men can swim in trunks, women are forbidden from swimming in swimsuits, so most women never, ever go in the water. Muslim women must be Islamically dressed when out in public, which means only the face and hands can be exposed, and clothing must be loose fitting. In Saudi Arabia, women are required to wear the abaya, but Muslim women in most other countries are free to dress modestly and wear bright colors. (#5, concluding the series of 5)
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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