Syria Bans the Niqab (full veil) in Universities
It was by far the most unexpected news coming out of Syria.
Syrian students are officially not authorised to wear the niqab (fully covered voile) in public and private universities. In the name of protecting Syria’s laïque identity.
Surprised? read on…
This law does not concern the traditional veil, the ones seen worn by women in Islam. This decision was taken to by the Ministry to fight religious extremism.
In 2009, Egypt’s then foremost Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, barred female students from wearing the full-face veil at the al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s centre of learning and scholarship.
He also upset other Muslim scholars by saying French Muslims should obey any law that France might enact banning the veil.
Lebanon – Where are you? You’d think we’d be the first to prove our diverse community and combating any religious extremism.
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