Re: the phenomenon of the fast vanish of the trad. use of henna in turkey

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 8, 2002 at 14:56:51:

In reply to: Re: the phenomenon of the fast vanish of the trad. use of henna in turkey posted by Lauren on September 8, 2002 at 14:04:45:

Many countries, particularly the Islamic countries, are re-evauating
their approach to modernity. When many of these countries moved from
feudalist/patronage/caliphate oriented systems into the contemporary
world, Westernism seemed to be the ideal way to approach modenity.
Iran is certainly a case in point. The Shah wanted to modernize his
country, but he tried to impose western (American) values along with
western (American)technology, and the people were NOT HAPPY about
being forbidden to practice a way of life they valued..... and chucked
him out. Turkey alligned itself with the European world to build its
economy after the collapse of the caliphate ... something was gained,
and something was lost. Islam and the Middle Eastern world (well,
hell, most of the world) has been struggling with ways to embrace the
21st century without abandoning their past. Not an easy task.

It's a GOOD thing to try to get education to the whole population (not
just the male and priveleged), a stable economy, build infrastructure,
improve industry, health care, representative government ... but it's
a rough process. Henna loses out to Clairol and Maybelline just like
home cooking loses out to McDonalds and CocaCola. Simply slamming the
door on the McWorld isn't very helpful. Going carefully, to utilize
the new tools without abandoning the useful old ...... takes time and


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