“The appalling assault on Ms. Moussa, a conservative Muslim who wears the Islamic headscarf(*), has finally exposed the myth that the battle for women’s rights in Egypt is between liberals and Islamists. In reality, it is a battle between one camp that uses religion as a tool and another one, equally pious, that wants to detach religion from the political equation.
Mervat Moussa did not head out to the Brotherhood headquarters to reject Islam, or to demand sexual freedom, but to protest the Brotherhood’s arrogant alienation of other political parties and its oppression of political debate. The slap on her face, in a way, symbolized a bigger slap and a sense of betrayal felt by a wide section of society. Egyptians witnessed how their elected Muslim Brotherhood president and his party have opted for domination rather than consensus in their gallop to consolidate their power, and in the process have adopted many of dictator Hosni Mubarak’s policies. Egyptian women were the first to bear the brunt of those policies.”
* Knowing a bit abt women wearing a headscarf in Cairo…. I’d say it’s not necessary to wear a hijab to be a conservative there… smthg as a 98% of women I saw in 2008 wore it,
(many unable to take it off, as they told me… “bcos my father and bros would cut my neck off, one after the other!”)