The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Moustache vendetta

Am in calm, clean Morocco for the summer, but this story made me miss Egypt:

When an elder was kidnapped in a clan dispute in conservative southern Egypt, the al-Arab family's worst fears were soon realised -- they received a package containing his moustache, local media reported on Sunday.

The man himself was returned uninjured, but the use of the new shaving tactic sent shockwaves through the town of Mahrusa, near Luxor, 650km south of Cairo, where a man's honour is measured by the size of his moustache, the al-Gomhuria daily said.
Return to semi-regular blogging schedule soon.