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Of fatwas & beauty queens

Author: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A beauty pageant in Nigeria was the flashpoint for a cultural, political, and religious war in this impoverished country with its crumbling infrastructure. Set against the conflict between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the Miss World contest came to an ironic and devastating end as beautiful young ladies from many nations around the world, scantily clad by Muslim standards, were to compete during the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Named Person: Isioma Daniel
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,
OCLC Number: 1112145207
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed May 20, 2019).
Awards: Middle East Studies Association, 2007
National Women's Studies Association, 2008
Description: 1 online resource (43 minutes)
Responsibility: produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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A beauty pageant in Nigeria was the flashpoint for a cultural, political, and religious war in this impoverished country with its crumbling infrastructure. Set against the conflict between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the Miss World contest came to an ironic and devastating end as beautiful young ladies from many nations around the world, scantily clad by Muslim standards, were to compete during the holy month of Ramadan. A 21-year-old Nigerian woman journalist, Isioma Daniel, was covering the event for a local paper. In her news article, 'The World at Their Feet' she casually wrote 'What would Mohammed think? He would probably have chosen a wife from the contestants.' Those words inflamed the mullahs and incited riots that turned Muslims against Christians in bloody rampages. Hundreds of people were killed and dozens of villages destroyed. The office of her paper in northern Nigeria was burned to the ground. Before the dust settled, the pageant had been cancelled, the beauty queens had fled, and Isioma escaped into exile with a 'fatwa' issued against her life. Salman Rushdie, Ken Wiwa (son of the martyred activist Ken Saro-Wiwa) and Judy Bachrach of Vanity Fair offer their perspective on the human rights issues.

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