Egypt opens door for women preachers

Women can volunteer as preachers in women-only sections of mosques, forums and lectures

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Egypt’s endowment ministry has announced volunteer positions for women preachers, the state-run Ahram Online reported Wednesday.

The ministry urged women interested in either “preaching, teaching preventive medicine or human development” to work in women-only sections of mosques, forums, and lectures.


The move comes after a series of decrees by former interim President Adly Mansour and the ministry to increase the government’s oversight on mosques in a bid to fight "extremist ideas."

Pushed underground after the ouster of its leader Mohammad Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood group was being accused of using mosques to promote their anti-government discourse.

The Endowment Ministry has had ordered licensed preachers to unify Friday prayers’ sermons across the country. Individuals without official permits from the ministry are not allowed to preach in mosques and face up to a year in jail and a fine of up $7, 000.

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