Egypt's al-Azhar to preach Islamic message on satellite TV

December 15, 2011 15:08


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CAIRO - Al-Azhar, Egypt's 1,000-year-old seat of Islamic learning, will soon be preaching its doctrines on satellite television, a space it has previously left to Islamist parties now leading the country's first free polls.

Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest religious authority, also plans to spruce up its websites, improve religious education and mobilize its imams to offer an alternative to the unexpectedly popular puritan message some Islamist politicians deliver.

Alongside its traditional work training most of Egypt's imams and providing thousands of religious rulings (fatwas) daily, it has also been hosting discussions among religious, political and cultural leaders to ponder Egypt's future.

"The revolution has helped us to reform," said Mahmoud Azab, adviser to Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar and top Islamic authority for many of the world's Sunni Muslims.

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