Under the Black Blanket

12/29/11

Egypt and the Scarf

Raymond Ibrahim has an excellent history of how the covering of women was strategically re-instituted in Egypt, beginning in the 1950s, as part of a long and concerted effort by the Muslim Brotherhood.  This speaks to the centrality of the treatment of women to the Islamist cause. And how far they had already come in 2011.

 Nasser told of how back in 1953 he wanted to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood, and met with its leader.

According to Nasser, the very first demand of the Brotherhood leader was for the hijab to return to Egypt, "for every woman walking in the street to wear a headscarf."

The audience erupted in laughter at this, then, ludicrous demand; one person hollered "Let him wear it!" eliciting more laughter and applause."

No one laughs now. Read the rest of the article here.

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