Egypt court backs niqab ban on Cairo University staff

Source: New Straits Times

A top Egyptian court has ruled in favour of banning female academic staff at Cairo University from wearing the Muslim face veil, known as the niqab, lawyer Ahmed Mahran said on Monday.

The decision taken by the Supreme Administrative Court last week rejected appeals against a 2016 lower court verdict banning the niqab on grounds that it impeded interaction between students and teachers.

The ban on the niqab, which covers the entire face except for the eyes, has often sparked fierce debate on religious freedoms.

“The ruling is final and not subject to appeal,” said Mahran, who represented 80 women in challenging the 2016 ruling.

Most Muslim women in Egypt wear the headscarf, or hijab, which covers the hair but not the face. The niqab is largely worn by women of ultra-conservative backgrounds.

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2 replies

  1. I am so happy Islamic countries should ban Hijab Burqa, and Nigab— because most 100 per cent ISIS, Taliban women wear Burqa and Nigab
    Women Burqa make other people afraid of—

    I strongly believe that Ahmadiyyah are not do happy that—
    Ahmadiyyah urge women to wear hijab burqa, nigab or jilbab

    If am wrong, correct me

    • you cannot / should not put Burka into equality with hijab. I suppose you know the difference. To teach in the University I also belief that a Burka clad lady is not suitable. If she wants to insist on it let her find another profession.

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