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The Prohibition of Wearing Veil in Public Schools in Egypt: An Analysis of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court Jurisprudence

4 Revista de Investigações Constitucionais (Journal of Constitutional Research) 1, (Curitiba, Brasil) (Spring 2017)

18 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2017  

Mohamed A. Arafa

Alexandria University - Faculty of Law; Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Date Written: February 2017

Abstract

On 18 May 1996, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt upheld Case No. 8, which discussed the constitutionality of an administrative act of the Ministry of Education which, regulating the uniforms that should be used in Egyptian public schools, prohibited the use of a veil. The article exposes the factual content that involved the case, analyzing this decision through the fundamental right to religious freedom and the necessary limits that must be imposed in a liberal interpretation of Islamic Law.

Keywords: Islamic Law, Veil, Public School, Religious Freedom, Egypt, Human Rights, Constitution

Suggested Citation

Arafa, Mohamed A., The Prohibition of Wearing Veil in Public Schools in Egypt: An Analysis of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court Jurisprudence (February 2017). 4 Revista de Investigações Constitucionais (Journal of Constitutional Research) 1, (Curitiba, Brasil) (Spring 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3041567

Mohamed A. Arafa (Contact Author)

Alexandria University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Moustafa Mousharafa Street
Soter
Alexandria
Egypt

Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street, Lawrence W. Inlow Hall
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Asa Norte
Brasília, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil

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