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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Egypt's first veiled minister

veiled Here is what the AFP story had to say: Egypt's cabinet reshuffle brought in only a handful new faces, but for the first time in the history of the country, they included a veiled woman. Aisha Abdul Hadi was appointed labour and immigration minister in the government of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif that was sworn in on Saturday. The arrival of the first veiled woman in government came after the country's December parliamentary polls, which saw the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, who won 20 percent of the seats in the 454-strong assembly. Is this politically significant? It could be. I mean, no woman becomes a minister without Suzanne Mubarak's approval, and Suzy is famous for distasting the Hijab (Rumor has it that she forced Hedi, Alaa Mubarak's wife into house arrest when she thought of wearing it) and women who wear it. So maybe this is a concession to the MB, or the rising islamic current in the country, or maybe the woman was veiled all her life and was qualified to be a minister, and the reality is, her post is meaningless : This is a victory for women in egypt the same way our presidential elections was a victory for democracy. But who knows? I wouldn't classify it as a move by the egyptian government to appear more islamic yet; but if Gammal grew a little beard, let me know!

8 Comments:

At 1/03/2006 02:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo, have you heard anything about her qualifications? She only passed primary school "ebteda2eya"!!
She only completed grade 7. It was written in Ahram she left school at the age of 12. Twelve is the age of students in middle school!!!!

 
At 1/03/2006 03:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you believe she's "veiled", you're a big fat idiot. She's wearing common headgear, not veil. Anyone can see that from looking at picture. Except you, big fat idiot.

 
At 1/03/2006 04:33:00 PM, Blogger pelyas said...

I don't understand how this could be a good thing, other than showing the growing pervasiveness of religiosity in Egyptian society. In the 1950s to 1970s, how many Egyptian women wore veils? Not many. In the 1930s to 1950s, Egypt was liberal, cosmopolitan, and prosperous. Later on in the 60s and 70s we kind of lost the prosperity and cosmpolitan-ness, but we were still liberal, and the cultural capital of the Middle East and North Africa, if not the entire Islamic and East Mediterranean world. Now what is Egypt? We've become slowly less progressive than our Gulf neighbors whom we used to ridicule for their backwardsness and conservative beliefs.

 
At 1/04/2006 01:32:00 PM, Blogger Eman M said...

Actually, this is not a veil

 
At 1/04/2006 03:37:00 PM, Blogger R said...

I don't think it's a concession to the MB. It just reflects the proportion of Egyptians who cover their hair.

So they had only one Christian minister this year? That's why they appointed a Christian governor for the first time since 1986?

 
At 1/04/2006 06:33:00 PM, Blogger pelyas said...

Of what province is the Christian governor.

 
At 1/10/2006 04:28:00 PM, Blogger deoda2006 said...

ITS NOT MATTER IF SHE IS VEILED OR NOT.THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WT SHE WILL DO

 
At 1/10/2006 04:30:00 PM, Blogger deoda2006 said...

ITS NOT MATTER IF SHE IS VEILED OR NOT.THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WT SHE WILL DO

 

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