Since the arrival of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, a (never totally extinguished) debate has flared up again in Egypt regarding Islam and its role in society and the state. Whilst al-Sisi is asking – not without ulterior motives – for a “religious revolution,” al-Azhar sees, rather, the need to correct the interpretations adopted by extremists and terrorists. Certain intellectuals, from differing fronts, are putting forward bolder proposals for a reason-based re-evaluation and radical revision of Islamic law’s traditional methodology.
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