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SYRIA has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from its universities.
The move on the niqab came as similar ones in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims.
The ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria’s secular identity, but does not include the headscarf, worn by many Syrian women.
The niqab is not widespread in Syria, although it has become more common recently.
Its growing popularity has not gone unnoticed in a country governed by a secular, authoritarian regime.
Last month, hundreds of primary teachers who wear the niqab were moved to administrative jobs.
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