A top Egyptian court has upheld a decision to expel an academic from her university job after she published a video of herself belly dancing, according to a court ruling seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
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.
The post stirred controversy, and some students later complained that Prince had undermined religious values with the content she presented during her teaching.
Egypt’s Supreme Administrative 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”.