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Egypt Erupts After Minister Criticizes Veil

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Posted on Nov 24, 2006

Muslim conservatives are calling for the ouster of Egypt’s culture minister after he told an interviewer that the practice of women wearing veils is a regressive act.


CAIRO— A political and religious storm sparked by Egypt’s culture minister criticizing the ever-growing popularity of the Islamic veil snowballed Sunday into a fully fledged national affair.

Three days after Farouk Hosni described as “regressive” the increasing practice of wearing the veil, calls for his ouster mounted and debates on Muslim conservatism in the Arab world’s most populous country intensified.

Sources in parliament said that 80 lawmakers—both from Hosni’s ruling National Democratic Party and opposition movements—demanded an urgent debate over the minister’s comments.

“There was an age when our mothers went to university and worked without the veil. It is in that spirit that we grew up. So why this regression,” the minister asked in an interview published November 16 in the independent Al Masri Al Yom daily.



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By Evergreen, November 24, 2006 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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I cry for this apparant backwards step in Egypt.  I cry for all the women who are kept suppressed or out of sight in the name of male dominated governments or religions.  I cry for those men who are so weak they seek to keep women confined to the 3 K’s and shrouded away.  I cry for the women who are continually hurt by men.  I cry for all the people of Iraq who are suffering and dead because of this administration’s stupidity.  It is all too sad.  It is all wrought by males and stupidity.

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By GeMiNiGiRL, November 24, 2006 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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oohhh,,, u want to see women wearing mini skirts and showing off their bodies to u..!! **Sympathy**, yeaaa i understand!!

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