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Egypt religious authority calls for ban on 'obscene' belly dancing show

Dar Al-Ifta says at an X Factor-style competition for belly dancers should be banned because it might 'serve interests' of extremists who oppose religion

Ahram Online, Wednesday 3 Sep 2014
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Religious authorities in Egypt have branded an X Factor-style television show for belly dancers "obscene" and called for it to be taken off air.

Dar Al-Ifta, a state body which makes religious edicts, or fatwas, said the programme could be viewed as part of a "campaign to destroy the moral system of the religious Egyptian people."

The programme only serves "extremists who could use [the programme] to reinforce the idea that society opposes religion," it added in a statement on its official website.

The government has recently launched a campaign against atheism in parallel to its crackdown on Islamists affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The "critical stage" Egypt is going through requires people to concentrate on "great challenges" such as development, illiteracy, health and terrorism, the religious body said.

The Belly Dancer is the first such competition on Egyptian television. Among its presenters is well-known dancer Dina.  

The programme started airing on Al-Qahira wal Nas channel this week. It is broadcast three days a week.

On Tuesday, the channel issued a statement saying it would postpone the upcoming episode after 11 security personnel were killed in an armed attack in North Sinai.

It also said it would add a black stripe to its screen as part of three days of mourning.

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expat
03-09-2014 09:05pm
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did this freaks
already condemn their mind-like IS fans of terror islam? I didnt hear about any fatwa of them toward the Gamaa or IS untill now,only hunting free egyptian people with their middle age islam thinking
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Democracia
03-09-2014 08:27pm
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You should....
My dear.... You should better say something very clearly against the horror of Islamists behavior or about producing children like rabbits before playing the moralists....
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Ahmed Kamel
03-09-2014 07:42pm
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Belly Dancing
But we like belly dancing and it's in our culture to belly dance :)
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Jenny
03-10-2014 04:27pm
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No it isn't
Spending time in both places (Egypt and USA) Take an expats advice. The bellydancers who shake their junk half naked are NOT part of Egyptian culture. They are like American pole dancers. One of the wonderful things about Egypt is, half naked woman aren't shoved down my throat like they are in the US. In America you are demonized for having even a little modesty. Thats the beauty of Egypts culture. I've had different experiences I think that give me this opinion.
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Allen
03-09-2014 06:29pm
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Given all the problems violence and evil that people have to deal with...
Belly dancers are a priority????
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Jenny
03-09-2014 04:53pm
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thats a bit much
I think belly dancers are the tackiest thing in society and though part of me had a little laugh (because I see them as glorified strippers with no artistic integrity at all) I had to stop myself. I think banning them altogether makes a statement that right now Egypt can't afford to make. I'm starting to miss that feeling that existed in the Egyptian movies of the 1970's and 80's. They were a little more light hearted.
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Sam Enslow
03-09-2014 04:51pm
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Surrender?
Moderate Muslims must give into extremists to prevent them from getting upset? First it was chatting. I read elsewhere that they managed to bank Kahil Gibran's The Prophet, which happens to be one of the most spiritual books ever written. Are the extremists being used as a cover for their own wishes? Where arethe voices against eextremism and sectarian hatreds which are tearing the Middle East and Egypt apart? This type of teaching produced not devote Muslims but rather atheists. I recall several years ago, a Salafi said oriental dancers were the worst thing in the eyes of God. Everyone laughed. What is this obsession with boy/girl relationships when people are getting their heads cut off in the name of Islam? Morality has been reduced to sex? I thought in Islam there were no priests or masters if dogma and that ones relationship with God was between the individual and God. Institutions can give advice, but not orders like the Vatican when the Pope speaks ex cathedral.
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