Egypt’s first female marriage registrar has started work despite complaints by some conservative clerics that the move is against Islam.
During her first day on the job, Amal Suleiman Afifi married a couple in a mosque in the Delta town of Zaqaziq – some 45 miles north of Cairo.
The report says the couple moved their wedding ceremony, attended by hundreds of people, so they could be married by the 34-year-old Muslim woman.
Many conservative clerics believe Islamic law, or Sharia, prohibits a woman from becoming a registrar because it states the testimony of two women is equivalent to one man in court.
Therefore they believe a marriage contract signed by a woman would be illegal.