Egypt's top court upholds ban on face veil at flagship university
Female faculty members at a flagship university in Egypt will not be able to wear the niqab, or full face veil, ruled the country's top administrative court on Monday as it upheld a ban, state media reported.
The High Administrative Court turned down an appeal by 80 researchers who favour the veil against a 2015 decision by the president of Cairo University banning them from wearing the niqab at the university.
Monday's verdict is final and cannot be appealed.
Muslim fashions: modern yet modest
Style-conscious Muslim women were long ignored by the mainstream fashion industry. An exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum confronts stereotypes on Islam and style, showing that Muslim fashion is far from drab. By Antje Binder
Muslim fashion combats prejudice: the de Young Museum exhibtion is showing contemporary Muslim style and clothing. This design made of silk and Swarovski crystals by Malaysian luxury designer Bernard Chandran is just one of the featured items. The exhibition aims to examine a branch of fashion that is often talked about, but rarely gets a chance to present itself
From Jakarta to New York: Dian Pelangi has made Muslim fashion famous on the Western catwalks. The 27-year-old is one of the few Muslim designers to present her designs at fashion shows in London, Milan and New York
Political message: the show in San Francisco also addresses with Islamophobia. This bomber jacket features the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution printed in Arabic – a clear reference to freedom of religion. The jacket was designed by Lebanese designer Celine Semaan Vernon. She came to Canada as a refugee with her parents at the end of the 1980s and then moved to the U.S.
An answer to Trumps 'Muslim Ban': Celine Semaan repeatedly uses her designs to make political statements. In 2017, for example, she designed her "banned" scarves. Some of the scarves feature a satellite photograph of the countries affected by U.S. President Trump's travel ban. The model in this photo is Iranian-American political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi
Sports fashion: in addition to clothes, jackets and political scarves, the exhibition also deals with sports fashion. Included in the items on display are a Nike hijab and Aheda Zanetti's controversial burkini, which was temporarily banned from French beaches in 2016
The symbolic power of architecture: the exhibition space was designed by leading architecture firm Hariri & Hariri, led by two Iranian-American sisters. The design is intended to surround the visitor with a playful space and reflect the act of concealment
Social networks – platforms for expression: countless bloggers, influencers and fashion magazines are dedicated to the Muslim fashion world. On Instagram, so-called "hijabistas" celebrate the traditional headscarf as a fashion must-have. This aspect is also addressed in the exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions", which can be seen in San Francisco until 6 January
The State Commissioner Authority, an advisory body, had recommended a continuation of a ban on face veils, saying the wearing of such garments affects the education process and communication between students and faculty members.
Thanks to its Sunni Muslim majority, Egypt has seen a huge increase in the number of women wearing veils, or headscarves with full face veils.
A majority of Islamic scholars say they believe wearing a headscarf is a must, but few consider the niqab obligatory.
Egypt does not oblige women to cover their heads with a scarf, unlike other Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Iran. (dpa)