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In the New Egypt, Beards Appear Where They Were Once Banned

posted on July 19, 2012

Steve Hendrix at The Washington Post reports on the changing Egyptian views regarding Muslim men’s facial hair. Former president, Hosni Mubarak, “banned [beards] by law or custom” because he equated them with Islamic piety, which Mubarak saw as a threat to his regime. Egypt’s newly elected president wears a beard, prompting lawyer, Ali el-Banna, to say with pride, “As Muslims, when we see President Morsi, we feel just as the black people of the United States feel about Barack Obama.”

Read at The Washington Post