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Egypt: The politics of reforming al-Azhar

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his cultural allies among the secular elite, including Gaber Asfour, the former culture minister, are convinced that the key to Egypt’s progress lies in religious reform. Indeed, fighting religious extremism was the central justification for the 2013 coup and the bloody events and mass …

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Between the lines: Egypt’s censorship crackdown targets foreign book translations

Egypt’s National Centre for Translation (NCT), a state-run entity, has imposed strict new rules for translating books from foreign languages into Arabic, in a move described by Egypt’s cultural community and freedom of thought advocates as state censorship.

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