Belly Dancing Show Stirs Up Controversy in Egypt

By Brian Shields

Wed Sep 3rd, 2014 9:25am America/Los_Angeles

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top religious body has demanded 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 that the “Dancer” show “serves extremists who take such matters as a justification to promote the idea that society is fighting religion.”

The show was 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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