Posted by: becketfund | January 15, 2007

Egypt: Veiled Women Forbidden from Working as Religious Counselors

Agence France-Presse reports that Hamdy Zaqzuq, Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments, has forbidden women who wear the niqab from working with him as religious counselors, saying that veiled women should not guide people in religious matters. Zaqzuq has already expelled one employee from a training session after she failed to remove her veil, and has offered to reassign others to administrative posts, saying that “the niqab is a matter of custom and not the faith”. For an explanation of the different types and styles of Islamic headscarves and veils, please see here.

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