The Salafi scholar and preacher Mustafa al-Qalyoubi denounced the appointment of Nadia Abdu Saleh as governor of the west Delta governorate of Beheira; Ms Abdu is the first woman to be appointed governor in Egypt.
Dr Qalyoubi said that there is a unanimous opinion among the various Islamic schools of Fiqh—Fiqh is the body of Islamic law extracted from detailed Islamic sources—that no woman may hold senior posts of authority. He referred to the Qur’anic text which stipulates that men hold authority over women, and the Hadith (Words of the Prophet Muhammad) that says that no people governed by a woman will ever prosper.
Ms Saleh was sworn in by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi earlier this month as governor of Beheira. She is an engineer who headed the State-run water supply company in the city of Alexandria for a decade. She is also a member of the General Assembly of the World Water Council, an international organisation to promote awareness about dangerous water conditions based in Marseille, France.
Governor Saleh is known for her advocacy for better, more affordable treatment of hepatitis C, given the Egypt has the highest incidence of the disease in the world. But the country launched a nationwide campaign in 2016 to eradicate the disease, and has for that earned the staunch support and approbation of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Ms Saleh said she plans on opening more hospitals in Beheira to combat hepatitis C.
A number of political activists in Egypt have accused Saleh of being linked to the National Democratic Party, which was Mubarak’s ruling party before the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.
22 February 2017