Posted by: becketfund | October 21, 2009

Kuwait: Disagreement Over Whether or Not Woman Must Wear Hijab in Parliament

KUWAIT CITY – The constitutional court will decide this October whether or not to keep an article of the election law that requires women to wear the hijab in parliament, after two weeks of arguments by conservative and liberal MPs, The National reported on October 21.  The issue of female ministers and MPs not wearing the hijab has been a point of contention since women received full political rights in 2005, and the controversy flared up again when the ultraconservative MP Mohammed al Hayef asked the ministry of Islamic affairs and endowments’ fatwa department if Sharia obliged women to wear the hijab.

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