Sunday, June 29, 2008

on being Egypt's first female marriage registrar

Amal Afifi, the first woman appointed as a marriage registrar, struggles to gain legitimacy. As one of her colleagues so eloquently put it:

"This job is unfit for women as it usually requires mixing with men for a long time, a requirement that is against Islam," said Anwar Dabour, a professor of Sharia.

"It is unwise to allow women to work as marriage registrars, especially as there are many qualified men around who can do the job," Dabour told this paper.

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