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a mall of contradictions

So I was at the mall. I’m at the mall because “everything” is at the mall: grocery stores, bookstores (or at least stores that sell book-related products), the Walgreens-equivalent stores. These malls are vast echoey spaces designed to entertain: each mall has big toddler play areas; there are ice rinks, bowling alleys, fountains galore. In Dubai, there is a mall with a huge aquarium in it, and another designed around …

Abayas

Here’s where you get your abaya when you visit Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque: No, there are no shoes available here, just black full-length robes for all female visitors not already wearing a robe, and white full-length robes for male visitors wearing shorts. And here’s what you look like when you put on your black robe and veil: When Muslim women wear the full abaya, with head scarf and face veil, …