Foreign News: The Women

Women by the hundreds steamed into Rabat to pay their respects to Morocco's newly re-enthroned Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Youssef. Some were old, some young; some fat, some thin, some rich and some poor, but all had one thing in common: their faces were unveiled.

A generation ago, such exposure would have been tantamount to public nudity. The wearing of the veil—derived not from Koranic law but, like most feminine fashion, from an instinct for artful concealment—has largely disappeared from many modernized corners of Islam, but in Morocco it has hung on to become...

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