Posted by: becketfund | October 5, 2009

Egypt: Top Islamic Cleric Plans Ban on Niqab in School

CAIRO – The nation’s top Islamic cleric, Sheik Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, has announced a plan to ban students from wearing the face veil from entering al-Azhar schools, the premier institute of learning for Sunni Islam, the AP reported on October 5.  A previous directive by the minister of the religious endowment to ban women preachers from wearing the niqab in mosques met with resistance and non-compliance, while a ban in 2008 on nurses wearing the full veil was never enforced.

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