From THE BBC:
Female students wearing a full face veil will be barred from Syrian university campuses, the country's minister of higher education has said.
Ghiyath Barakat was reported to have said that the practice ran counter to the academic values and traditions of Syrian universities.
His ruling, published on the All4Syria website, was said to be in response to requests from students and parents.
COMMENT: Although we are not naive about their undemocratic government and the other naughty stuff that goes on in Syria, the English tend to have a certain respect and, almost, a fondness for Syria. We certainly regard them as not as crazy as other Islamic nations in the Middle East, including Israel. Most of all we are supportive of its rulers insistence on a relatively high level of religious freedom. Many Christians have fled to Syria from persecution elsewhere in the region. It is the home of some of the most ancient and primitive examples of the Christian church and other religions that have been suppressed elsewhere, including in the West. Therefore, it doesn't surprise me that the authorities are taking a hardline on the non-Koranic practice of making women look like walking potato sacks. It fits in with their wise fear of allowing any of the religious groups in Syria to descend into fundamentalism.
I pray that all the gods of Syria will protect them from reprisals from those men who have made Allah in their own, misogynist image.