oh wow they have silk route tours?? sounds so cool!! i have a feeling i should have been a sterwardess or something
so i watched the first episode of that frankincense bbc traveldoc and i thought it was very interesting. frankincense = bukhoor non?? i never actually made the link between the two...i know weird, but definitely very interesting how it was such a high commodity at the time and even today. i know there are some bukhoor's in saudi that sell for $$. this little old sudani lady at our mosque loves to fill the mosque with the smell during ramadan. definitely does something to the atmosphere. and the kabah!! i still remember how fragrant hands are after touching the sublime kiswa... sigh.
i liked watching her travels but didn't like how she kept emphasizing that these were 'cultures' that pre-date islam as if that authenticates them or makes them acceptable to the viewer.
i also was very disturbed by her whole "experience" of trying on the niqab thing. i mean really??! is it that traumatic of an incident to cover yourself where you have to start crying, mourning for all the women who wear it and thankful to God that you're western
she clearly was annoyed by having to wear it in saudi too. (even tho she didn't even have to cover her hair) i don't know... i was trying to think over why she found it so difficult, even as a free choice. and i think a whole lot of it has to do with her being a blonde blue eyed outgoing attractive white woman. she no doubt gets attention wherever she goes, those Arab guys were fawning all over her! so having to cover up and be just like everyone else (and being ignored) is very disturbing to her.
not saying her feelings are not valid. in many ways those are also the reasons why i wouldn't want to wear niqab, but just found her reaction of complete horror/disgust to covering up so surprising. also something i never realized about hijab is that you're really changing your... viewpoint/mindset/spiritual state, because when you wear it it's like it's about yourself and your relationship upward and not with those around you. kind of like being alone with yourself in a silent library full of books. i don't think most non-spiritual ppl could ever survive 5 minutes in such a situation!
anyways just some thoughts!