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New fatwa reignites hijab controversy in Egypt

Al-Azhar's new fatwa prohibiting women from praying without a headscarf has renewed the hijab debate in Egypt.
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CAIRO — A veiling fatwa recently issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest religious authority, has sparked outrage and criticism among Egyptians.

On July 8, Al-Azhar's Global Center for Electronic Fatwas published its “Eid Prohibitions,” a series of measures to observe during Eid al-Adha, on Facebook. One forbids women from leaving home without the hijab.

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