Saturday, October 10, 2009

Egypt's highest Muslim cleric 'to ban full veils'

Even they recognize that it's a radical political statement.

"Egypt's highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women's veils, known as the niqab.

Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.

Although most Muslim women in Egypt wear the Islamic headscarf, increasing numbers are adopting the niqab as well.

The practice is widely associated with more radical trends of Islam. "

Nice to see the BBC reporting this.

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