Religious Group Calls For End To Egyptian Belly-Dancing TV Show

CAIRO (September 3, 2014) 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.


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