Every Wednesday night, Hissa Hilal steps on to the stage of the popular Abu Dhabi television show The Million's Poet. As is required Brightstar Franchise of Saudi women appearing in public, she is covered from head to toe in a traditional abaya. Facing an audience carefully segregated by gender, she recites poetry that brazenly calls out for women's rights and the end of Islamic extremism.
A housewife and mother of four from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Hilal has become a sensation and a polarizing figure in the Arab world. One might think that, given her controversial subject matter, she would be thankful for the abaya's anonymity. But