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Egyptian court confirms dismissal of lecturer who shared belly dancing video

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a decision to expel an academic from her university job after she published a video of herself belly dancing.

Mona Prince, who was an English language lecturer at the state-run Suez University, posted a video in 2017 on her personal Facebook page showing herself belly dancing on a terrace in a blue galabeya, or traditional long dress.

According to the Reuters, the post stirred controversy, and some students later complained that she had undermined religious values with the content she presented during her teaching.

The Court said Prince had committed violations including “deviating from the scientific description of the academic curricula, and spreading ideas that contradict heavenly beliefs and public order”.

It also said that the posting and sharing of the belly dancing clip “degrades the prestige of university professors and their responsibility to spread values”.

The verdict bars Prince from working in private or public universities.

Responding, Mona Prince said the court’s decision made her “sad for Egypt, its history, civilization and culture.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu.