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Finding the Voices of Moderate Islam

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John McCain recently reminded Americans that the great strategic challenge facing the West—and, indeed, the civilized world—is extremist Islam. And more important than any martial aspect of that threat, he said, is the ideological struggle between moderate and extremist understandings of Islam.

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Cairo Journal (Part II)

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"We are not rigid," says Dr. Essam El-Erian, a physician and high-ranking official in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. I have come to his Cairo office to discuss the brotherhood's agenda. More specifically, I hope to explore how the brotherhood's use of Islam as the basis of a political program might be ...

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Cairo Journal (Part I)

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As readers of this blog may know, I traveled to Cairo recently to interview Sheik Ali Gomaa, the grand mufti of Egypt, for a story that appears in the March 17 issue of U.S. News.

A scholar and jurist who studied and taught for many years at Cairo's venerable Al-Azhar University, Gomaa since 2003 ...

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Meeting Egypt's Grand Mufti

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I set off to Cairo this week to meet and interview a man who is considered to be one of the most influential voices of moderation in the Islamic world. His name is Ali Gomaa, and he is the grand mufti of Egypt, a leading scholar of jurisprudence and head of the Dar Al-Iftah (literally, the House of ...

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Is Britain Ready for Sharia?

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The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church, is widely known as an intellectual and academic as well as man of the cloth. But he appeared to be surprised by the fury he unleashed both within and outside his church last week when he remarked to a gathering ...

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Great Britain

A New Great Awakening?

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There is has been much talk in recent years about whether America is going through—or has perhaps just completed—one of those tumultuous periods in which religion, society, and politics interact in powerful ways that leave all three decisively transformed. Historians call these periods Great ...

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