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  • Susan February 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Will you wear a hijab in honor of Egypt’s women, today, their day of liberation?

    “In recent years the concept of wearing a “hijab” has been the subject of much controversy in Egypt as well as in other parts of the world. As the country moves towards modernism many people are of the opinion that the hijab should be removed from Egyptian culture. They argue that it reflects the subjugation of women and there is particular emphasis on disallowing women to wear the hijab especially in government posts and educational institutes. A number of other countries have also followed suit such as Turkey.

    However many Egyptian women argue that covering the head is a mere religious duty that their religion imposes upon them and does not reflect the subjugation of women. In fact the majority of Egyptian women that sport the Hijab attest to doing so out of their own free will and not the insistence of the male members of their families as is commonly believed.

    Over the years the Egyptian Hijab has become a prominent part of Egyptian women’s lives. Some may consider it to be a religious obligation and others may find the idea repulsive but the truth of the matter is that the concept is strongly embedded in Egyptian culture and many women continue to stick to the practice.”