Source: Associated Press
By MENNA ZAKI
CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab.
Islamists exulted at her decision, just as they have when other celebrities took a similar path.
Now that she has decided to resume her acting career and shun the hijab, they are no longer celebrating.
The highly publicized reversal this month by the 39-year-old actress immediately ignited a storm in social media, the press and on TV talk shows, with liberals lauding her move as an exercise in personal freedom and Islamists mourning that choice.