SYRIA: Dance of the Unveiled

In the mosques and market places of Damascus, those who remembered the good old days when a man's wives were ''The Tethered Ones" shook their heads, quoted the Koran, muttered in their beards. Whence came these foreign notions in the heads of Islam's young women? Through their charitable "Drop of Milk Society" they had boldly arranged a gala ball at a French officers' club, boldly announced that they would discard their veils and dance.

Mischief-makers and fanatics cried that it was not so in the past, before the French came to rule, when...

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