What Pegman Saw – A Question of Identity

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s location is Tbilisi, Georgia.

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A Question of Identity

“Remember, tell no-one about our guests.” Fatima’s father clutched her arm.

Fatima picked up her motorcycle helmet. “You can rely on me, Papa,” she replied.

Aleksandre was waiting for her in the market. He pointed at her hijab.

“I don’t know why you wear that thing. It’s hardly for modesty, is it? You’re wearing make-up for goodness sake!”

Fatima looked at the ground.

“Maybe using make-up is a sin, but you know I only do it to please you, husband-to-be.”

“I don’t like you wearing hijab. It demeans Mother Georgia. It’s halfway to treason!”

“Aleks, dearest, I would betray my faith if I didn’t wear it.”

Aleksandre scowled, so Fatima said, “Come, I’ll treat us to coffee before I do my shopping.”

Later, as she hurried home, she thought of Aliya’s young family, refugees from Syria, and rejoiced that the global reach of the ummah had brought them safe to Tbilisi.



11 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – A Question of Identity

    • Dear Karen
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right about the complexity. I was aiming to describe both a complex situation – Fatima’s life – and a complex topic – the ways we choose to label ourselves. Fatima wears the hijab and yet wears make-up; theologically, that’s contradictory, as the hijab is about modesty. Aleks understands subliminally that she is making a statement about her identity and that upsets him, because it seems to contradict his own self-definition as a Georgian patriot. Meanwhile, we see that these choices of identity have real-world consequences, because Fatima’s family is involved in smuggling Syrian refugees into Georgia.
      So your conclusion that Fatima is true to herself is spot-on.
      With very best wishes

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  1. What a hard position to be in. Juggling identities, juggling other people’s expectations of how you should be, how you should present yourself. I hope she finds a way forward that satisfies everyone, including herself. Delicately written, Penny

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