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Secular-minded Muslims, who accept the separation of religion and state, reject Sharia law and any fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran.
They include Iran, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
This usage may be considered derogatory or disrespectful in professional or other formal contexts, just as the term boy can be considered disparaging when applied to an adult man. It can also be used deprecatively when used to discriminate against children ("you're just a girl").
In casual context, the word has positive uses, as evidenced by its use in titles of popular music.
In Europe, exceptions were rare before the printing press and the Reformation made literacy more widespread.
One notable exception to the general neglect of girls' literacy is Queen Elizabeth I.