Tuesday, June 28, 2005

What Female Suicide Bombers Believe

Via Andrew Sullivan, an article on female suicide bombers in Israel. I found this passage particularly interesting:
One of the inmates, Ayat Allah Kamil, 20, from Kabatya, told me why she had wanted to become a martyr: "Because of my religion. I'm very religious. For the holy war [jihad] there's no difference between men and women shaid [martyrs]."
According to the Koran, male martyrs are welcomed to Paradise by 72 beautiful virgins. Ayat, as with many of the women she is incarcerated with, believes that a woman martyr "will be the chief of the 72 virgins, the fairest of the fair".
So there's no difference between men and women martyrs, but men get 72 hot ladies in Paradise, whereas women get to be the prettiest member of the heavenly harem for some male martyr to be named later? This is like some bastardized theological version of Mean Girls.
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