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Why do Muslim women appear to be so happy?


I offer this conversation as perhaps a more light hearted, but still serious, contrast to the many threads on complex subjects such as "Je Suis Charlie". I am an Aetheist so offer myself as someone that has no axe to grind on this topic. I have many Muslim friends and I have lived in Kuwait for 2 1/2 years and I have worked periodically in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over quite a few years. The question I pose is this: Despite all the apparent inequalities and constraints imposed on Muslim women - Why do they appear to be so happy? As a neutral I compare western women, with their taught, sometimes frigid and drawn faces, with the warm, and dare I say it, sensual faces, of friendly Muslim women. Can anyone offer an explanation?

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