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Hassan al-Banna. (AAA file photo)
There have been insistent demands for the renewal of religious discourse in several Muslim countries, including Egypt, which is known as “the Mother of the World” and home to the Al-Azhar university, its highest religious authority. Ever since the toppling of Egypt’s...
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Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi speaks to a crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on February 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
It is true that Islam is too big to be damaged by the attacks that have recently been launched against it and which in reality are more the concern of those who instigated them than the world’s more than 1 billion Muslims. At the same time, however, much of these...
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A student supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi waves the yellow flag bearing the four-fingered Rabaa sign during a demonstration outside Cairo University on May 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—On the one-year anniversary of the ouster of Egypt’s first, and likely last, Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood finds itself in an increasingly difficult situation both at home and abroad. The Brotherhood has been...
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) welcomes his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi during a meeting on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran on August 30, 2012 . (SAJAD SAFARI/AFP/GettyImages)
One sizzling summer day in 2012, Tehran was abuzz with talk of an impending “historic moment.” The venue was the brand-new Hall of Conferences, constructed to host the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement during which Egypt was scheduled to hand over leadership to the...
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Muslim brotherhood members and ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters light up flares during a demonstration against the military backed government on September 10, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
Deemed unlucky in Western cultures, the thirteenth year of the new millennium is now drawing to a close. Away from superstitions about numbers, 2013 was a tough and costly for everyone. However, at the same time it was useful in shattering the delusions and dreams of...