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January 20, 2014 12:52 am

Egypt’s General Sisi Calls for Rise of ‘Modern’ Islam

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General Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

According to Egyptian media, during his recent speech at the Department of Moral Affairs for the Armed Forces, General Abdul Fateh al-Sisi – the man who ousted former President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in response to the June Revolution and who is seen as the nation’s de facto ruler – declared that “Religious discourse is the greatest battle and challenge facing the Egyptian people, and pointed to the need for a new vision and a modern, comprehensive understanding of the religion of Islam—rather than relying on a discourse that has not changed for 800 years.”

Sisi further “called on all who follow the true Islam to improve the image of this religion in front of the world, after  Islam has been for decades convicted of violence and destruction around the world, due to the crimes falsely committed in the name of Islam.”

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.  A Mideast and Islam specialist, he is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Hoover Institution Media Fellow, 2013.

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  • The Egyptian general has a more modern outlook on this than the US president, sadly, who made outreach to “the Muslim world”–a concept that is itself a concession to rightwing political Islam, or Islamism–a cornerstone, if not the very foundation, of an utterly failed foreign policy. If not for its army, Egypt would already be another Libya or well on the way to becoming another Iran.

  • Emanuel

    kekuseku, do you read the news? el-Sisi is navigating dangerous waters as a hero of his people. He is doing what is necessary and appropriate to unify and reconcile Egyptians and dispel the negative, violent perversions of Islam that Muslim dictators have used to justify corruption and fascism. Unlike the terrorists you are comparing him to el-Sisi actually loves his people and wants the best for them so there is a major difference there since terrorists only love jihad and Islam and routinely cause their own to suffer the most.

  • kekuseku

    The quran is a book about deeds and actions. What Sisi is doing can not be differentiated to those what have been done by terrorist that he claimed he against for.