Al-Azhar recently issued a document renouncing violence as an attempt to pacify angry protestors and unify opposition forces under its umbrella. In light of this document, the newly passed constitution, the amendments of Al-Azhar’s regulatory law and the appointment of a new Grand Mufti, the Daily News Egypt investigates the features of Al-Azhar’s role in the politics and public life of post-revolutionary Egypt. (...)
Amid the political turbulence, Al-Azhar continues to play a great role in politics. Its religious authority has been legally determined. It is challenged internally by its own structure and need for reformation on multiple levels. It also faces external challenges; co-option by or possible confrontation with the regime and competition in religious influence from the Salafis. Nevertheless, the new Egypt and Al-Azhar will continue to mutually shape one another in the future.
Sarah El Masry | Daily news Egypt