Why Egyptian Salafists support a liberal Muslim

Is Abdelmonem Aboelfotohh's agenda to implement progressive ideas or sharia law?

May 10, 2012 10:07
4 minute read.
Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol.

Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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When Salafi groups in Egypt recently moved to endorse Abdelmonem Aboelfotoh for president, many were surprised at the support for a liberal Muslim rather than the more traditional Mohamed Mursy of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The perception that Aboelfotoh is a non-traditional or possibly liberal Muslim stems from the progressive stances he has taken on a number of social issues. Among the items he has expressed support for are:


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