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Women appearing on new television channel in Egypt to have covered faces in accordance with Islam

Women appearing on new television channel in Egypt to have covered faces in accordance with Islam

Jewish News One reports that a new satellite TV channel is being launched in Egypt.  Unlike other channels,  the female presenters will all be wearing the niqab, the traditional Muslim face-covering.

The  channel is called Maraya, named after one of the prophet Mohammad's wives who was a freed Egyptian Coptic slave.  It will start  broadcasting on July 20, coinciding with the start of Ramadan. The Maraya program is meant to teach Muslim women more about religion.

The channel significantly reflects the shift countrywide in Egypt since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, with the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power and an obvious move towards the attitudes of countries such as Iran where Sharia law is enforced.

Critics and guests appearing on the station will also have to adhere to facial covering or will have their features blurred out technically during the TV broadcast.


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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    If she was a freed Coptic slave, then why would she wear a sack over her head? Coptics are not Islamic. As usual, religion makes no sense.

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