On 20 July Egypt will get its first niqabi-only TV channel, Ahram Online reports, called ‘Mariya’ after one of the Prophet Mohamed’s wives.All presenters, producers and directors will be wearing a full veil, Ahram reports, with men banned from working on the show — or even calling in.
The preacher behind the channel, El-Sheikha Safaa Refai, has said that they will aim to have only niqabi guests on the show, but if they find they want a women on who does not wear the veil to appear, she will have the option of wearing a veil or having her face blurred.
During the Mubarak-era, the hijab (a more modern head only veil) and other veils were banned on television. However, since the rise of Muslim Brotherhood the veils have gained more acceptance in Egyptian society.
Refai told the Egypt Independent that the channel had been launched to “regain the dignity of women in niqab who have been persecuted and were subject to dismissal from work over the past decades.”
Ahram Online reports that one planned show will be called “Memories of a Woman”, and will focus on infidelity.
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