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POST TIME: 9 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab
AFP

Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab

YOGYAKARTA: A pair of Indonesian Islamic universities is pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils—with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance—as concerns grow over rising fundamentalism in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation, reports AFP. Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University said it issued the edict this week to more than three dozen niqab-wearing students, who will be booted from school if they refuse. Although niqabs are common in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states, they’re rare in secular Indonesia, where around 90 percent of its 260 million people have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam.