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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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Grand Imam of Al Azhar asks to attend Parliament session to give opinion on draft law of Dar Al-Iftaa

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb requested from Ali Abdel Aal, the speaker of the House of Representatives, to attend the parliament’s general session to discuss a bill that organizes Dar Al-Iftaa, the Islamic Sunni institution authorized to issues the Fatwas (Islamic decision).

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Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

One of the most notable differences between an authoritarian and totalitarian regime is that while the first seeks merely to nullify its enemies, the second seeks to nullify everything that functions autonomously of it – even if the thing in question poses very little immediate risk to the stability of …

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