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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Egypt's New Grand Mufti: "Brotherhoodization" Deferred?

For the first time Egypt has chosen its new chief Mufti by election by a board of senior clerics. Contrary to many fears, a senior Muslim Brothrthood figure endorsed by the MB was not chosen. Two useful readings: the indispensable Nathan Brown in "Egypt's New Mufti," emphasizing that this is just the beginning if a long struggle over religious leadership, and Issandr El Amrani, writing at the New York Times' Latitude blog, on "Goodbye Pope, Hello Mufti."

Between them, I think they cover the ground,

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