Extreme slut-shaming under islamic law

Is it OK for a Christian woman to go out without a veil in Egypt? Why, certainly – so long as she doesn’t mind being raped for her pains.

That, believe it or not, was a view expounded by an obscure islamic preacher, Hisham el-Ashry, who recently popped up on prime time Egyptian TV to share his thoughts not only on why wearing the veil should be compulsory for all women, but also on the need for a religious police, akin to that in Saudi Arabia.

Outrageous? Yes. Mainstream? Thankfully, no. Such opinions are officially rejected by Egypt’s top Islamic institutions, including al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, and Dar al Ifta, the central authority for issuing religious rulings.

Still, the very fact that they can be voiced publically and in all seriousness is chilling. Last year, a young man holding hands with his fiancé was murdered, while a veiled teacher cut the hair of two 12-year-old girls who were not wearing scarves.

Some commentators are concerned that rising unemployment, growing civil unrest, and a more muscular islamic politics on the street means that el-Ashry’s views are not quite as exceptional as hoped.

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