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“How can a woman’s face be the enemy of Islam?” Anees took her hands in his. “For these idiots it’s all about sex, maej, excuse me. They think it is a scientific fact that a woman’s hair emits rays that arouse men to deeds of sexual depravity. They think that if a woman’s bare legs rub together, even under a floor-length robe, the friction of her thighs will generate sexual heat which will be transmitted through her eyes into the eyes of men and will inflame them in an unholy way.” Firdaus spread her hands in a gesture of resignation. “So because men are animals, according to them, women must pay. This is an old story. Tell me something else.”

Salman Rushdie, in Shalimar the Clown.

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