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Sunni

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Egypt
The intersection of religion and politics in Egypt has been characterized by both gradual change and revolutionary rupture. Islam arrived in the 7th century CE, and Egypt...
Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression
The tension between the right to freedom of expression and the desire among many people and countries to prohibit blasphemous or religiously hurtful speech has become a...

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Innocence of Muslims Controversy Innocence of Muslims Controversy
The West was taken by surprise when, on September 11, 2012, protesters overran the American embassy in Cairo out of anger over against an obscure YouTube video titled ...

Gomaaali

Ali Gomaa

Since 2003, Dr. Ali Gomaa has served as the grand mufti of Egypt, a position of religious authority second only to the sheikh of Al-Azhar University. An Egyptian native and one of Islam's most respected scholars of Islamic law, Gomaa oversees Dar al-Ifta, Egypt's highest fatwa-issuing authority. Prior to his appointment as grand mufti, he served as a professor of jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, where he specialized in usul al-fiqh, the science of religious law; there, he published over 25 books on various topics in Islam. Gomaa has also issued a number of fatwas on topics ranging from gender equality to democracy. In addition to regular media appearances on Egyptian television, Gomaa has been especially vocal in reaching out to non-Muslim media outlets as a means of promoting understanding and tolerance; he also writes a weekly column in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.