A great deal of fascination with a vaguely defined 'Muslim world' and 'Muslim values' has been sparked by the Arab revolutions and, before that, by the 9/11 Twin Towers attacks. One can critique this interest as unsophisticated or reactive - 'Who are these strange brown foreign people and why are they angry?'
Searching for a perfect new sofa or a nice new kitchen table? Would you like a hefty handful of sexism along with it? Then it's time to head to IKEA. The latest news from the giant Swedish flat-pack company reveals that in the Saudi Arabian version of their catalogue, IKEA has helpfully removed all women from the photographs.