Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Believe It When You See It

UPDATED AND BUMPED:

 Egypt’s Sisi Slams Islamism, Calls for ‘Religious Revolution’

Seems he's causing a bit of a stir. This will be very interesting to watch.

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‘THE LION OF EGYPT’ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi doubles down on his call for a total “reformation of Islam”

Egypt has been a leader in the Arab world for a long time, but this sounds too good to believe. All I can say is, tourism, one of Egypt's largest sources of revenue, must be suffering. But, if he's serious, be ready for a civil war in the land of the pharaohs, and pray that it spreads.

More here: Egypt's Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists
""I see that the religious discourse in the entire Islamic world has cost Islam its humanity," Sisi said in an interview televised on May 5. "This requires us, and for that matter all leaders, to review their positions.""
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"Yasser Abdel Aziz, a columnist who has met Sisi and followed his comments on religion, describes Sisi as a typically "moderate Egyptian" Muslim, distinguishing his approach, for example, from the puritanical Wahabism of Saudi Arabia.

Sisi would "strengthen the role of religious discourse in public institutions and in public life", but would not involve religion in government, he said. "He sees Islam as a force for good and work," he said."
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"Dawa Salafiya, more radical than the Brotherhood in calling for an Islamic state after the 2011 uprising that brought down Mubarak, now says it sees Sisi as best qualified to lead the state. It and its political arm, the Nour Party, have been give space to continue their activities, unlike the Brotherhood.

"Sisi is personally interested in 'true Islam' and 'correct Islam' and undermining the Islamist movements," said Ashraf El-Sherif, a lecturer in political science at the American University in Cairo (AUC). "It's part of his personal mission.""

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