More niqab protests in Egypt

Attempts to stop female students wearing the niqab (face veil) continue to meet resistance in Egypt. Al-Masry al-Youm 

Arguments broke out between professors and students at Zagazig University's faculty of education, after professors insisted on female students removing their niqabs before sitting their exams.

The dispute resulted in a state of chaos that delayed the distribution of exam papers. Male students expressed solidarity with their female colleagues, forcing Moussa el-Sharqawi, general supervisor of examination rooms at the education faculty, to let the girls into the exam room. The argument almost degenerated into a fist-fight and university security guards had to interfere to put it down.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 14 January 2010.