A bill has been drafted in Egypt to ban the burka. Sounds good, right? Actually, it's because the burka is apparently a 'Jewish' tradition.
The bill, drafted by the Egyptian Parliament would ban women from wearing the burka and niqab in public places and government institutions.
According to The Independent, MP Amna Nosseir, professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, has backed the claim.
She has argued it has non-Islamic origins and is in fact a Jewish tradition which appeared in the Arabian Peninsula prior to Islam.
Cairo University has already banned face veils for nurses in medical schools and in teaching hospitals. In addition, academic staff were banned from wearing it because students could not communicate properly with someone whose mouth is hidden behind a veil.