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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Kids do the darndest things

Ed Husain's The Islamist, the memoir of a young East Ender whose parents came from the Indian sub-continent and who was drawn into radical Islam as a teenager, is an earnest, repetitive read but it does shed some light on why, for instance, so many of the girls at the school round the corner from the office wear headscarves. This is not the upholding of the tradition of their parents. It's a simple way of achieving some kind of prestige in a youth culture that's becoming increasingly about display. And it makes them more attractive to boys.