Morocco reportedly bans sale and manufacture of the burka


Morocco’s Interior Ministry has banned vendors and merchants from selling and manufacturing the burka because of security concerns, according to local media reports. The government of King Mohammed VI, who rules the majority-Muslim country, has not officially confirmed the ban — perhaps to avoid a public spectacle like what occurred when the French government attempted to ban the burkini. According to Le360, a news site said to be close to the Interior Ministry, an unidentified ministry official confirmed the ban of the sale of the burka but would not confirm whether wearing the garment would also be outlawed.

Hammad Kabbadj, a conservative preacher and member of the Justice and Development party who was deemed too “extremist” to run in last fall’s legislative elections, has denounced the ban on Facebook as a means of hindering his party. Other Moroccans, among them journalist Ali Anouzla, appeared torn about whether the move represented an attack on women’s religious freedom or an embracing of women’s liberation.

“I am against the culture of banning in principle,” wrote Anouzla on Facebook. “But just to be clear … the burka isn’t part of Morocco’s culture.”

According to Farah Chérif D’Ouezzan, founder of the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Rabat, the real reason behind the ban was likely a desire to increase security and hinder the possible movement of extremists. Whether or not the ban was really justified, however, was another question.

“If it is true that there is a ban, to me, the ban is justified for security reasons,” she said. “But at the same time, there is not evidence for associating the burka with security threats … I believe that men or women should have the right to choose how to dress.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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