The Common Good

Muslim Women Olympians 2012

by Cathleen Falsani

 Qatari shooter Bahya Mansour al-Hamad competes during the 10m air rifle women's qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London on July 28, 2012. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages)Iran's Leyla Rajabi competes during the women's shot put qualifications at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul on March 10, 2012. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Attar is one of the first female athletes to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Neda Shahsavari, Iran's first woman to compete in table tennis at the Olympics, practises in Tehran on July 9, 2012. Shahsavari, says she is 'thrilled' to be going to the London Games, and dreams of winning a medal for the Islamic republic. (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages) Woroud Sawalha of Palestine (far right in black) competes in the Women's 800 Metres first round during day one of the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships on March 9, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)  Solmaz Abbasi of Iran settles into her boat for practice at Eton Dorney on July 25, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Algerian players prepare to begin a service in the Women's Volleyball Preliminary match between Great Britain and Algeria on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Female Saudi Judo athlete Wojdan Shaherkani (L) arrives with her father at Heathrow airport in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 25, 2012. Saudi Arabia's decision to allow two female athletes to compete at the Olympic Games overturns a decades-old taboo imposed by the conservative Muslim monarchy, which still bars women from sports at home. (Photo by MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/GettyImages)  Neriman Ozsoy #13 of Turkey celebrates a point in the third set against Brazil during Women's Volleyball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Tahmina Kohistani of Afghanistan in action during heat 2 of the women's 100m during day one of the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Zawisca Stadium on July 8, 2008 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)Brunei's flagbearer Maziah Mahusin leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in London. (Photo by OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)Referee Amina El Sergany of Egypt during Men's Preliminary Round - Group D match between USA and Latvia at Horse Guards Parade on Aug. 1, 2012.. El Sergany, wearing a hijab, is the first African, Arab or Muslim woman to ever officiate an Olympic beach volleyball event.  (Photo by Bill Frakes /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) A heavily pregnant Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia poses during a Shooting Preview at the Royal Artillery Barracks on July 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) In a picture taken on July 19, 2012, Malaysia's Nur Suryani Mohamad Taibi attends a practice session at the Subang Jaya shooting field on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. When Malaysia's first women's Olympic shooter takes aim in London, she will offer a silent prayer to Allah to keep her unborn child from kicking until the mum-to-be can pull the trigger. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)US Mariel Zagunis (R) and Ibtihaj Muhammad chat during their fight qith Team Italy at the Women's Team Sabre competition at the 2011 World Fencing Championships in Catania on October 15, 2011. Team USA defeated Team Italy 45-43. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)