Tagged with Ayman al-Zawahiri

Who are Egypt’s Salafi-Jihadis?

Who are Egypt’s Salafi-Jihadis?

From my article at Middle East Institute, analyzing Egypt’s Salafi-Jihadis, but from before the recent deposing of President Morsi: The Egyptian Islamist Mohamed al-Zawahiri is most famous for being the brother of al-Qaeda front man Ayman, but his story is also a gripping one. Zawahiri was arrested in 1999 for his alleged participation in the … Continue reading

Who are the Salafi-Jihadis?

Who are the Salafi-Jihadis?

From my recent article in EgyptSource, following up on the last post of pictures: Zawahiri is the leader of what has been dubbed the Salafi-Jihadis. Long associated with Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Group, following his release from prison in March 2012 he has positioned himself to the right of the now politically engaged Islamists … Continue reading

To Name Our Son in Egypt

To Name Our Son in Egypt

Come November 6, I will no longer be Abu Talaat Banat – the father of three girls. Though it is not so prevalent in Egypt, in good Arab fashion I will soon be Abu ….. – the father of the name of our first-born son. So what name will we choose? The rule is that … Continue reading

Dar al-Ifta’: The House of Fatwa

Dar al-Ifta’: The House of Fatwa

The fatwa is commonly known in the West as a death sentence. Among Muslims, the fatwa can be among the most powerful tools of Islamic populism. On a third front, the fatwa is simply a bureaucratic function. Which definition encompasses reality? Since the dawn of Islam the scholar has had a place of prominence, celebrated … Continue reading