Manners before Morals
“They have no dreams except feeding these kinds of instincts or living like their fellows in the West," a university lecturer tells the BBC. "They gain the bad things from the Western culture - like free relationships between men and women," he says.
On the surface his statement sounds true. Underneath, no, it is a reaction to their society’s way of living; an attack not on religious beliefs but on bottled up feelings and hypocritical pretence. It is a modest protest by way of fashion that in words would have read: “We know you have lovers and are more often than not betraying your spouses, it is as common as dates in a palm tree garden. This is not the future society we desire. We are starting from a different point; we are showing more and hiding less.”
Two articles from Cairo by the BBC in a series about young people in the Middle East are here and here.
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