Cairo, April 11:After China and Morocco, 2017 will cite another ban on wearing burqa in public places. The latest one is coming from Egyptian Parliament. The body is drafting a law banning women from wearing the burqa. This law will prohibit wearing burqa in public places and government institutions.
Intellectuals from the country have supported the decision. MP Amna Nosseir, professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University has argued that wearing the niqab veil is not mandatory in Islam. She has tried to explain the non-islamic origin of burqa and its original source Jewish Tradition. Quran advocates for modest clothing but never demands facial covering.
Even being a Muslim Majority country, Morocco banned the selling of burqa due to security concerns. Morocco was under French dominance for a long time and from them, they inherited western idea of secularism which might affect this decision. But the decision was criticized as the dressing is a personal choice.
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is a Muslim colonizers area in Northwest China. On March 31, China also declared a ban on wearing burqa in the airport, railway stations, and other public places. They declared such a ban to fight religious extremism.
Following the lead of other countries, Egypt is also drafting a law related to this. Though Egypt has witnessed many restrictions related to burqa in recent years. To protect patients’ rights and interests the Cairo University banned nurses and doctors from wearing it in medical schools and in teaching hospitals. To communicate properly with students the university also banned academic staff from wearing the niqab in classrooms.