Kuwait to Islamize Laws, Enforce Gender Segregation at Kuwait University

Male and female students from Kuwait University at a student fair (KUNA)
Male and female students from Kuwait University at a student fair (KUNA)
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Kuwait to Islamize Laws, Enforce Gender Segregation at Kuwait University

Male and female students from Kuwait University at a student fair (KUNA)
Male and female students from Kuwait University at a student fair (KUNA)

Kuwaiti MP Mohammed Haif, who chairs the Committee for the Promotion of Values, declared an agreement with the Kuwaiti Minister of Education, Adel al-Manea, to enforce gender segregation at Kuwait University, established 57 years ago.

Speaking to the press at the Media Center of the National Assembly, Haif announced that the Committee reached an understanding with the Minister to eliminate mixed-gender classes in all faculties that currently have them. He highlighted that the law banning mixing between genders remains in effect.

Haif lauded the Minister's collaboration in ending these mixed classes and re-registering to separate male and female students.

He commended the Minister's responsiveness, noting that the discussion was fruitful and led to a decision to end mixed-gender classes in faculties such as the Faculty of Law and others.

The lawmaker specified that the meeting was productive, during which details were discussed regarding the implementation of Law No. 24 of 1996.

The law governs education at Kuwait University and the General Authority for Applied Education and Training, emphasizing the segregation of male and female students and registering in the sections again.

Haif emphasized the importance of Law No. 96 prohibiting the mixing between genders, stressing its clauses on modesty and ethical appearances within the university.

He pointed out that the law requires the Minister of Education to submit an annual report to the National Assembly detailing its enforcement progress.

The Committee for the Promotion of Values discussed the prohibition of gender mixing and gender impersonation with Manea and other university deans and officials.

Haif noted that these actions contradict existing laws, social morals, and Islamic guidelines, which set standards to maintain the ethics of Kuwaiti youth.

He emphasized that the law was clear regarding separating students and granting authorities five years to complete the process in all university activities.

The MP expressed the keenness of his fellow lawmakers in the Committee on the need to implement the law, noting that it stipulates a modest dress code.

- Islamization of laws

The decision is seen as the latest in a series of steps toward the Islamization of laws in Kuwait.

Previous laws proposed mandates for women to wear Islamic attire when voting or running for office.

On July 21, five lawmakers introduced a proposal to ban cosmetic surgeries and tattoos, demanding that the Interior Ministry be notified before and after facial and finger cosmetic surgeries.

Violators face up to five years imprisonment and a minimum fine of KD1,000.



Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Tuesday messages of congratulations from Arab leaders on the success of this year’s Hajj.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa sent King Salman separate cables of congratulations.

They credited the success of the Hajj to the grace of God Almighty and the generous care of King Salman and his government and its institutions to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals in tranquility and safety.

Sheikh Mishal praised the progress of the expansion work carried out at the Grand Mosque, and the introduction of smart services and technologies at all holy sites to meet the needs of pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj.

He praised the significant role of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz for their tireless efforts and the coordination among all sectors concerned with Hajj affairs.

He wished Saudi Arabia and its noble people further progress and prosperity under the wise and prudent leadership of King Salman.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent cables of congratulations to King Salman.