Revolution in Beduin women’s education

Linda Gradstein – Jerusalem Post – Friday, 25 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct)

Women at a rally
BEDUIN WOMEN take part in a protest in Beersheba. Image: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Eman Abu Ammar, 24, is studying language and literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Unlike many Beduin girls her age, she’s in no rush to get married.

Abu Ammar covers her hair with a bright blue head scarf, or hijab. She says she wears it both as a religious statement and as a Beduin custom, which begins at age 12.

Her friend Reem al-Amrany, who is married and working on her master’s degree, says it has become not only acceptable but an advantage for women to go to university. She is the oldest of seven children and her mother is illiterate. Her parents have encouraged her education, as has her husband . . .

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