The BBC reports: “Mayam Mahmoud is Egypt’s first rapper who wears a hijab.
The 18-year-old recently made it to the semi-finals of the talent show Arab’s Got Talent and spoke to the BBC about why she feels it is important to express herself in this way.
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Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Follow him on Twitter at @jricole or the Informed Comment Facebook Page