Egypt is a predominately Muslim country — about 85%, the rest Christians — and with a population of 100 million, the largest in the North African/Middle East region. But this form of attire — not required in Islamic scriptures — has a lot of opposition there.
Some will have noticed KiwiBank’s current TV commercial showing a woman wearing one — why not a Tangata Whenua wahine instead, fundamental to our culture?
Expressing the same opposition in NZ as occurs in Egypt, however, will run foul of the Jacinda government’s thought police, and sure to result in Men in Blue showing up at your door.
From a 2015 article:
“Egyptian journalist Cherif Choubachy has called for veiled women to join a rally in Tahrir Square to take off their head-scarves.
“In comments on his Facebook page, Choubachy, who was also previously involved with UNESCO, said he intended to hold the event that would be as striking as Hoda Shaarawi’s action in 1923, when she publicly removed her veil in Alexandria.
“Cherif Choubachy writes that “the veil was gone for more than fifty years in Egypt, and only reappeared in the 1970s after the defeat against Israel in 1967”, because rhetoric at the time said the loss was due to people straying away from Islam and its teachings.”
And another from the same year:
“Egypt’s upscale spaces ban hijabi women
The trend of upscale restaurants and resorts in Egypt denying entry to women wearing veils seems to be on the rise.” — Full article
“Egypt’s feminists and liberals have their own idea of the hijab. It is often associated with the rise of Wahhabism witnessed in Egypt’s society in the 70s and the 80s, which culminated in the 90s with the government’s bitter battle against the more radical Islamic movements. In his book, Whatever Happened to the Egyptians, Galal Amin – a famous Egyptian economist and commentator – argues that the hijab was basically introduced to society through the large number of Egyptians who immigrated to Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, to work during the 70s and 80s. Prior to that, the hijab was only seen in Egypt’s countryside.” — Story
Depiction of Hijab in Egyptian Media: Why Does It Often Backfire?
“Although the negative depiction of the hijab in media cannot be generalized, some examples have irritated the audience. …women who wear the hijab are often viewed as illiterate, conservative, or even extreme…” — Story
From this year:
Cairo Clubs: Don’t Forget to Take Off Your “Hat”
“Forever concerned that we might be under-dressed to walk the streets in Egypt, we were taken aback when the club bouncer at one of Cairo’s “it” spots pointed to our hijabi friend and told us that there was a “no hat policy”.
“There are, of course, a number of issues here, though once we’d established that the headscarf isn’t really a “hat”, he admitted there was indeed a “no headscarf” policy as well.” — Full article