Middle Eastern culture explored

Nine sixth formers recently held a meeting of the Middle East Society at Keith’s house during which we discussed events and ideas that sprung from the stimulus of Middle Eastern culture. This followed on from a Jaw where the speaker, Ruth Mantin of the University of Chichester, questioned the extent of oppression that Islamic women suffered, and whether this oppression was exaggerated by Western media. This then escalated into a discussion on how these ideals and impressions applied to the world in a greater sense. The evening ended with arguments for and against censorship of speech, the internet and media in a variety of countries.

By Radheka Kumari, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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