Monday, March 28, 2011

Egypt: Morality Police and Dress Code?

By Barry Rubin

A text message has been widely sent around in Egypt demanding that women, including Christians, dress in the proper “Islamic” manner. March 29 has been announced as a special day for enforcing this demand. Fear of harassment has made many women plan to stay home on Tuesday.

The army has not made any response on this warning, making some people believe it in effect endorses the idea. Would soldiers step in and protect women who are being pressured by self-proclaimed guardians of Islam?

People are watching to see what, if anything, happens as a sign of where Egypt is heading.

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