Tagged with Azhar

An Unnecessary Constitution

An Unnecessary Constitution

From my recent article on Arab West Report: The new Egyptian constitution was unnecessary from the start, says Ragy Sulayman of the Free Egyptians Party (FEP). The 1971 constitution, with added amendments, would have served just fine. Sulayman is the founding lawyer who brought the liberal FEP into existence following the January 25 revolution. A … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Poisoning the Azhar

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Poisoning the Azhar

God, So much of Egypt’s identity is tied up in the Azhar. The pinnacle of Islamic learning among Sunni Muslims, the Azhar was one of the world’s first universities. Always straddling the line between fidelity and challenge to the ruler, the institution was muzzled by Egypt’s successive military governments. Now, the controversy is back. But … Continue reading

Wary of Morsy

This article was originally published in the Christian Century on July 17, 2012. President Mohamed Morsy’s decision to reinstate the dissolved parliament has set off a firestorm of debate in Egypt. Is Morsy fighting for full democracy against a military regime? Or is he trying to institute a full Islamist takeover of government? Christians worry … Continue reading

An Azhar Sheikh on Nag Hamadi

Continuing a viewing of material which we prepared for our peacemaking project reporting which has not yet been posted here on the blog, I here list below an interview I had with a fairly prominent and controversial sheikh from the Azhar University. During our conversation we spoke about two subjects primarily: First, his very modern … Continue reading