September 18, 2012

Egypt's Mosques Are Up for Grabs

Amir Taheri, New York Post

AP Photo

This week’s violence on the streets of this sprawling city is one sign of ongoing change. Another, more hopeful, one can be found in Cairo’s mosques.

Until the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, the main nuisance caused by the city’s hundreds of mosques came from minarets broadcasting the call to prayer. But since “liberation,” as Egyptians label the events that led to Mubarak’s fall and the holding of free elections, many mosques have been transformed into political clubs — with minarets servings as loudspeakers to broadcast heated debates.

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TAGGED: Muslim Brotherhood, Islam, Egypt


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