National Geographic : 1972 Jul
JOHNLAUNOIS,BLACKSTAR NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHER WINFIELDPARKS The sisterhood of Islam SPECTACULAR BEAUTY MARKS, flaring scars (left) proclaim a woman's mem bership in the Gobir tribe, a Moslem Hausa people in Niger. Islam increasingly wins converts on the African Continent. A stiff cloth mask, fashionable along the Persian Gulf, guards the privacy of an Arab woman (right)hawking vegetables in Dubayy. Islam preaches feminine modesty and obedience to God; the wealthy often added veiling and seclusion, customs that became status symbols but now are waning. Moslem law has always granted women rights to property, inheritance, and divorce. Egyptian co-ed (above) listens to a uni versity lecture in Cairo, where unveiled women participate fully in public life. Mos lem bride Atiqa Habib (upper right) of Lahore, Pakistan, marries a university classmate, the Crown Prince of Hunza, a princely state in northern Pakistan.