CAIRO — Egyptian women must not sit as judges because it would be against Islamic law or Sharia as they would have to spend time alone with men, a male Egyptian judge was quoted as saying Saturday.
A woman judge would “contradict Article Two of the constitution,” which states that the principal source of legislation is Sharia, judges’ syndicate president Yahia Ragheb Daqruri said.
The judges’ syndicate position “is based on the consensus of doctors of law and the principles of Sharia,” the Al Masri Al Yom daily quoted Daqruri as saying.
“When a woman works as a judge, her work requires her to be alone in a room with two or more male judges to deliberate … Is this appropriate?
“Citizens and others present [in court] will be surprised by the presence of a woman judge. A woman judge will also become pregnant at some point, and that will certainly have an impact on the judiciary’s prestige and on judges’ public image,” he said, without elaborating.
“Giving birth can also have an impact on the cases she is dealing with being dealt with correctly,” he said, again without elaborating. [source]
Visitors to Riyadh Book Fair Remove Books About Love and Religion
Several Saudi publishers complained that visitors to the international book fair in Riyadh tried to remove books about love and about religions from the booths. One of the publishers commented: “The problem is that they have not read the books. The title of one of the books refers to Jesus, but it [is actually a book] that defends Islam. [Those visitors] thought it was a book against Islam, and that’s why they tried to remove it without permission.”
The Grand Mufti in the United Arab Emirates issued a fatwa (religious edict) permitting the performance of divorce through an SMS message through cell phones. He said divorce through this modern facility does not differ from a divorce written on paper. There was one provision – the sender of the message must be the husband.
Source: Al-Rafidyan, London, March 2, 2007 [MEMRI Blog]
TEHRAN — Iran’s judiciary is to launch a fresh clampdown on women it deems are inappropriately dressed and “spreading prostitution,” the state news agency IRNA reported Saturday.
“The ones who spread prostitution and intentionally seek to disturb social and moral security by inappropriate clothing and behavior will be firmly confronted,” Tehran’s hardline prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said.
“It has been noticed that some people with an outrageous appearance in public hurt religious feelings and beliefs,” he said, adding the crackdown would start March 6 and continue for a month.
Mortazavi said the crackdown would also target what he described as “street women who get into cars as passengers and rob or extort the drivers.”
Every post-pubescent woman is required to cover her hair and body in public in Iran. Crackdowns are common in summer when many women defy the Islamic dress code by wearing short bright coats, flimsy headscarves, and capri pants. [source]
This is going to backfire (use your imagination)…
TEHRAN — Iran is seeking to create a paradise for female tourists by turning an island on a northwestern lake into a male-free zone, the press reported Wednesday.
All public transport, restaurants, and facilities on the island – on the gigantic Oroumiyeh lake close to the Turkish border – will be staffed only by women, officials said.
“The island of Arezou [Wish], one of the 102 islands in the Oroumiyeh Lake, will be equipped especially for women,” a municipal official in the West Azerbaijan province, identified only as Aghai, was quoted as saying by the Tehran Emrouz newspaper.
“There will be no men on the island,” he said. “It will also boost tourism in the area.” [source]