di Fakultas Kedokteran UGM larangan tersebut sudah dibuat jauh2 tahun...
gak perlu nunggu penjelasan dari MUI


On Jul 20, 2010, at 3:13 PM, sunny wrote:

> Refleksi: Apakah akan ada penjelasan dari MUI & Co tentang larangan ini?
> http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article86921.ece
> Syria bans full Islamic face veils at universities
> Women wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk 
> Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, on Monday. Syria has banned the 
> face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities to protect the 
> country's secular identity. (AP)
> Published: Jul 20, 2010 00:49 Updated: Jul 20, 2010 00:52 
> DAMASCUS: Syria has banned the face-covering veil from the country's 
> universities to prevent what it sees as a threat to its secular identity, as 
> similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims.
> The ban shows a rare point of agreement between Syria's secular, 
> authoritarian government and the democracies of Europe: Both view the niqab 
> as a potentially destabilizing threat.
> "We have given directives to all universities to ban niqab-wearing women from 
> registering," a government official in Damascus told The Associated Press on 
> Monday.
> The order affects both public and private universities and aims to protect 
> Syria's secular identity, said the official, who spoke on condition of 
> anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.
> Hundreds of primary school teachers who were wearing the niqab at 
> government-run schools were transferred last month to administrative jobs, he 
> added.
> The ban, issued Sunday by the Education Ministry, does not affect the hijab, 
> or headscarf, which is far more common in Syria than the niqab's billowing 
> black robes.
> Syria is the latest in a string of nations from Europe to the Middle East to 
> weigh in on the veil, perhaps the most visible symbol of conservative Islam. 
> Veils have spread in other secular-leaning Arab countries, such as Egypt, 
> Jordan and Lebanon, with Jordan's government trying to discourage them by 
> playing up reports of robbers who wear veils as masks.
> Turkey bans Muslim headscarves in universities, with many saying attempts to 
> allow them in schools amount to an attack on modern Turkey's secular laws.
> The issue has been debated across Europe, where France, Spain, Belgium and 
> the Netherlands are considering banning the niqab on the grounds it is 
> degrading to women.
> Last week, France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a ban 
> on both the niqab and the burqa, which covers even a woman's eyes, in an 
> effort to define and protect French values - a move that angered many in the 
> country's large Muslim community.
> The measure goes before the Senate in September; its biggest hurdle could 
> come when France's constitutional watchdog scrutinizes it later. A 
> controversial 2004 law in France earlier prohibited Muslim headscarves and 
> other "ostentatious" religious symbols in the classrooms of French primary 
> and secondary public schools.
> Opponents say such bans violate freedom of religion and personal choice, and 
> will stigmatize all Muslims.
> In Damascus, a 19-year-old university student who would give only her first 
> name, Duaa, said she hopes to continue wearing her niqab to classes when the 
> next term begins in the fall, despite the ban.
> Otherwise, she said, she will not be able to study.
> "The niqab is a religious obligation," said the woman, who would not give her 
> surname because she was uncomfortable speaking out against the ban. "I cannot 
> go without it." Nadia, a 44-year-old science teacher in Damascus who was 
> reassigned last month because of her veil, said: "Wearing my niqab is a 
> personal decision." "It reflects my freedom," she said, also declining to 
> give her full name.
> In European countries, particularly France, the debate has turned on 
> questions of how to integrate immigrants and balance a minority's rights with 
> secular opinion that the garb is an affront to women.
> But in the Middle East - particularly Syria and Egypt, where there have been 
> efforts to ban the niqab in the dorms of public universities - experts say 
> the issue underscores the gulf between the secular elite and largely 
> impoverished lower classes who find solace in religion.
> Some observers say the bans also stem in part from fear of dissent.
> The niqab is not widespread in Syria, although it has become more common in 
> recent years, a development that has not gone unnoticed by the authoritarian 
> government.
> "We are witnessing a rapid income gap growing in Syria - there is a wealthy 
> ostentatious class of people who are making money and wearing European 
> clothes," said Joshua Landis, an American professor and Syria expert who runs 
> a blog called Syria Comment.
> The lower classes are feeling the squeeze, he said.
> "It's almost inevitable that there's going to be backlash. The worry is that 
> it's going to find its expression in greater Islamic radicalism," Landis said.
> Four decades of secular rule under the Baath Party have largely muted 
> sectarian differences in Syria, although the state is quick to quash any 
> dissent. In the 1980s, Syria crushed a bloody campaign by Sunni militants to 
> topple the regime of then-President Hafez Assad.
> The veil is linked to Salafism, a movement that models itself on early Islam 
> with a doctrine that is similar to Saudi Arabia's. In the broad spectrum of 
> Islamic thought, Salafism is on the extreme conservative end.
> In Gaza, radical Muslim groups encourage women to cover their faces and even 
> conceal the shape of their shoulders by using layers of drapes.
> It's a mistake to view the niqab as a "personal freedom," Bassam Qadhi, a 
> Syrian women's rights activist, told local media recently.
> "It is rather a declaration of extremism," Qadhi said.
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