In 2008, it's not only Hijab we're talking about, but rather Niqab!! The difference between the two is that the first is just a head scarf covering the hair and neck, while the second is a complete cover of the face and head with an open strip for the eyes. A good reference detailing the differences between different types of Hijab can be found at Fantasia's blog.
I didn't get any students wearing Niqab, I always made it clear that I would allow any such students to attend my lectures, but so far, I haven't had to do that.
Many prominent Egyptian and Arab intellectuals have voiced their rejection of this phenomenon including the Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni, the journalist Jihad El-Khazen, the actor Hussein Fahmy, the billionaire businessman Najuib Sawiris, and others. Whenever one of them voice his opinion, he gets bashed by the Islamist media, and some of the ignorant hoards following them..
In March 2008, activists launched the "International Day of DeHijabification" Many blogs supported this call. I personally believe in women's right to wear whatever they won't except for the Niqab, since I cannot deal with a woman that doesn't reveal her face to me! If a woman believes in Niqab, then she has to really follow the scripture when it asks women to stay at home then! I also don't support Hijab if it was forced on women, especially kids!!! You can now see children as young as 4 and 5 years old wearing Hijab!! I think this is a crime!
As I said, I support women's right to choose between wearing and not wearing a Hijab, but most Izlamist don't! When actress Abeer Sabri took off her hijab, one rabid lawyer filed a suit asking for the implementation of religious punishment of cutting her arms and legs!
Abeer before taking off her Hijab,
Abeer after talking off her Hijab
Hijab has now become the norm! Jihad El-Khazin writes in Al-Hayat newspaper that from his observation in Alexandria where he was a guest last month, he thinks 80% of Egyptian women are now veiled! In my view, the whole society is now behind veil, not only the women's hair is covered, but our heads and brains in this society is now covered in a way that prevents any enlightenment to penetrate this thick veil!