Muslim Female Olympians from the Middle East
Saudi Arabia’s, Brunei's and Qatar’s decision to send female athletes to London makes the 2012 Games the first where every country has a woman on its team.
Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani — Saudi ArabiaShaherkani gestures as she walks with the Saudi contingent during the London Games’ Opening Ceremonies. Saudi Arabia's first female Olympic athletes dressed in traditional hijabs for the festivities. International Judo Federation President Marius L. Vizer said Shaherkani, 16, would have to fight without a hijab, a decision that is likely to cause controversy in Saudi Arabia, where women’s participation in sports has long been a contentious issue. Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters
Shahsavari, 25, Iran's first woman to compete in table tennis at the Olympics, eyes the ball during a practice session in Tehran in early July. Shahsavari said she was "thrilled" to be going to the London Games.
Turkish guard Alben, 26, right, vies with Angolan guard Catarina Camufal during a preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Summer Games. Turkey won 72-50
Attar, 19, enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremonies. The track athlete runs the women’s 800 meters.
Baraka, 20, and Rashed, 28, compete in the lightweight double sculls competition at Eton Dorney in Windsor, England. Harry How / Getty Images
Hamad, 20, competes during a 10-meter air rifle qualification round at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.
Karagoz, 25, musters her strength during the 48-kilogram Group A weightlifting competition at the Summer Games. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
Darnel, 28, spikes the ball as Qiuyue Wei, No. 8, and Yunwen Ma, No. 15., of China defend during women's volleyball at Earls Court in London. Elsa / Getty Images
Coach Najwan al-Zawawi assists Khadija Mohammad, 17, during a practice in Dubai. Mohammad competes in weightlifting’s 75-kilogram category and is the first female lifter from the Persian Gulf region to compete in the Olympics. Kamran Jebreili / APBesbes, 23, celebrates after a point against Xiaojuan Luo of China during an epee fencing round at the Summer Games. Hannah Johnston / Getty Images