Implementation of Niqab Ban at Tunisian Universities Incites Debates and Allegedly Violence

News article, posted 10.23.2011, from Tunis, Tunisia, in:
Author: 
Monia Ghanmi
Language: 
English
Implementation of Niqab Ban at Tunisian Universities Incites Debates and Allegedly Violence (Photo: Reuters)

Summary: Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Moncef Abdul Jalil said that a group of "religious extremists" attacked the general registrar.

Defending the ban, Abdul Jalil said, "We cannot deal with students when we don't know what they look like. We need to know the identity of students and their faces must be exposed so we know to whom we are speaking. The veil is not a problem, but the niqab is a problem.""

The previous niqab ban was officially reinstated in April of this year by Tunisian Education Minister Taieb Baccouche, who deemed it necessary for "academic integrity."

Tunisian Grand Mufti Othman Batikh concurred with the official position, claiming that "the niqab was not from Islam at all."

Original Article:

A heated debate flared in Tunisia after a female student wearing a niqab was denied admission at Sousse University. Hundreds of Salafists last week-end protested at universities in Tunis, Sousse, Bizerte and Sfax.

The Sousse University was stormed by a large group of "religious extremists", who mounted a violent attack on the general registrar of the university, said Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Moncef Abdul Jalil.

"We cannot deal with students when we don't know what they look like," he said. "We need to know the identity of students and their faces must be exposed so we know to whom we are speaking. The veil is not a problem, but the niqab is a problem."

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