Bellicose Women, Part XXX:

Jordanian brigadier general Aisha Bint Al Hussein carries on a long and honorable tradition of expertise at arms among Bedouin women. As reported by StrategyPage:

"In the 19th century, when firearms became common among the Bedouin, women became even more lethal as warriors, because firing a rifle did not require the muscle of the older weapons (swords, spears and bows.) In Saudi Arabia...the older women still remember the freedom women had as recently as the 1950s. During that time, Islamic conservatives began imposing more restrictions on women as the Bedouin nomads settled down. But in Jordan, the women still have much freedom, in the ancient Bedouin tradition. This causes some friction, as the urban and rural Arabs adopted a much more restrictive attitude towards women. However, the old ways are remembered, and are increasingly being seen as the future for women in the Middle East."

Buck Turgidson (mail):
Don't forget that some Bedouin tribes are matriarchal. It's quite an interesting contrast to the surrounding Arab population.
10.15.2005 2:07am
Thief (mail) (www):
"I'll take 'Things that give Osama Bin Laden Nightmares' for $400, Alex."
10.16.2005 12:26am
Gary E. (mail):
I would like to suggest adding The Female Generals of the Yang Family to the list.
10.16.2005 10:28am