Egypt’s top religious body is demanding that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic.
A statement Wednesday by Dar al-Ifta, the top body that advises Muslims on religious and life issues, said the “Dancer” show “serves extremists who take such matters as a justification to promote the idea that society is fighting religion.”
The show aired only once on the Cairo and People satellite television network.
A famous belly dancer known as Dina was among a three-member panel to choose the most-talented dancers, many of whom were not Egyptians.
While famed in Middle Eastern countries for centuries, conservatives in Egypt believe belly dancing is immoral.
The Dar-al-Ifta and the Egyptian government are bestest buddies, says Wikipedia:
The Egyptian government has placed much interest in Dar al-Ifta since its founding up through this very day. It has built them permanent housing appropriate to its importance among Muslims and provided them with a large computing center to assist in researching and responding to requests with ease and accuracy.
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P.S. Correction 1: The Dar al-Ifta was founded in 1313 AH, which is 1895 on the Gregorian calendar. I apologize for the error.
Correction 2: I mistakenly headed the post with the assertion that the Dar al-Ifta has all belly-dancing in its sights. In fact, the council objects to the belly-dancing TV show, as described in the post itself. Thanks to commenter John Small Berries for pointing it out, and keeping us honest.