An Iranian university awards a scholarship to Muslim women who have been banned from studying in European universities for observing the Islamic Hijab (headscarf), the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

The scholarship to “European victims of Hijab” to be granted by the university of Iran’s central city of Kashan is named after Marwa El-Sherbini, the report said without elaborating more on the award.

Marwa El-Sherbini was an Egyptian pharmacist and the mother of a young child who was killed during a hearing at a court in Dresden, Germany, by a man whom she had testified against for verbal abuse due to her wearing an Islamic headscarf. In Europe, France initiated a controversy in 2004 by adopting a bill banning Hijab and religious insignia in state schools and universities.

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