Egypt threatens to JAIL parents who give their children Western names such as Mark and Lara because ‘abandoning Arabic ones will radically change society’
- Mark, Lara and Sam given as examples of Western names by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz
- His draft law could mean parents get £220 fine or 6 months in jail for disobeying
- He said using non-Arabic names disconnects ‘our sons’ from their ‘true identity’
(Daily Mail) — Parents in Egypt could soon be sentenced to six months in jail for giving their children ‘Western’ names such as ‘Mark’, ‘Lara’ and ‘Sam’.
A draft law banning the use of ‘foreign names’ was introduced by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz and discussed by his country’s parliament yesterday.
Abdel Aziz said the punishment for disobeying the law should be a fine of between about £40 and £220 or a maximum jail sentence of six months.
‘Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture,’ he was reported as saying in The Egypt Independent.
Arabs are worried about their citizens taking Western names. Ironic Arabic names are overtaking traditional African names in many African countries. It is worse in Ethiopia. For some, you can only be Muslim if you have an Arab name. Educated middle class Oromo is rejecting such a notion. Needs a lot of work.