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Aug 21, 2013
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Egypt Salafists warn against trying to wipe out Islamism

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(Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi pray in front of a poster during a funeral for two people killed in recent clashes at Rabaa Adawiya Square, where they are camping in Nasr city area, east of Cairo August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

While security forces round up the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s second largest religious party has warned the state against trying to wipe out political Islam entirely during its toughest crackdown in decades.

Jun 19, 2013
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Egypt minister protests over Islamist governor for Luxor tourist area

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(A protester throws a chain next to a graffiti on the wall depicting the newly appointed governor of Luxor Adel Mohamed al-Khayat as a terrorist while protests gather in front of the goverorate building to protest his appointment in Luxor, June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer )

Egypt’s tourism minister tendered his resignation on Tuesday over President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to appoint as governor of Luxor a member of a hardline Islamist group blamed for slaughtering 58 tourists there in 1997.

Jun 14, 2013
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood turns to flour power

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(A man carries bread on wooden racks to be sold to customers in Cairo, April 11, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The bread queue can be a dangerous and dishonest place in Egypt. People have killed over state-subsidized loaves. Corruption blights much of the trade.

Mar 29, 2013
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Egypt’s al-Azhar asserts role on Islamic finance, clashes with Muslim Brotherhood

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(Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb in Cairo January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Egypt’s leading Islamic authority Al-Azhar said on Thursday its clerics must be consulted on a law allowing the state to issue Islamic bonds, setting it at odds with the Muslim Brotherhood which drove the legislation through parliament last week.

Jun 26, 2012
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Analysis: Egypt Islamists face new compromises with the military

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Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Mursi speaks during his first televised address to the nation at the Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Mohamed Mursi’s victory in Egypt’s presidential election takes the Muslim Brotherhood’s long power struggle with the military into a new round that will be fought inside the institutions of state themselves and may force new compromises on the Islamists.

Apr 30, 2012
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Ex-Brotherhood Islamist Abol Fotouh stakes claim to Egypt’s middle ground

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(Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh speaks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh was jailed by Hosni Mubarak but has emerged as a front-runner for his old job as president of Egypt, staking claim to the political centre in this nascent democracy with a moderate Islamist platform that has found broad appeal.

Feb 28, 2012
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As the government-in-waiting, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood finds its voice

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Newly elected speaker of the Egyptian parliament Mohamed Saad al-Katatni of the Muslim Brotherhood speaks during the first session of the newly-elected assembly in Cairo January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Elfiqi/Pool

At the end of January, a guest speaker drew an unusually large audience of diplomats to the 33rd floor auditorium at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo. For latecomers, there was standing room only.

Feb 9, 2012
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Islamist MPs clash in Egypt’s parliament over call to prayer during session

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(Salafi members of parliament are seen during the first Egyptian parliament session, after a revolution ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

The Islamist speaker in Egypt’s parliament has reprimanded a hardline Salafi for reciting the call to prayer during a legislative session, telling him “you are no more of a Muslim than I am”. In an angry exchange broadcast on live TV, parliament speaker and Muslim Brotherhood member Saad al-Katatni told Mamdouh Ismail he had violated protocol by interrupting the session to recite the call for afternoon prayer.

Jan 9, 2012
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Leading Copt faces Egypt trial for insulting Islam with Mickey Mouse tweet

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(Naguib Sawiris speaks during a conference in Beirut June 2, 2010. REUTERS/Cynthia Karam)

Egyptian telecom tycoon and political liberal Naguib Sawiris will face trial on a charge of showing contempt for religion, judicial sources and Mamdouh Ismail, the Islamist lawyer who brought the case, said on Monday. Sawiris, a prominent figure in Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, was accused by a group of about 20 lawyers of showing contempt by tweeting a cartoon seen as insulting to Islam. According to the daily¬†Al Masry Al Youm,¬† “In June, Sawiris posted a picture depicting Mickey Mouse wearing a beard and Minnie Mouse wearing a face veil on his Twitter account, a cartoon that many Muslims considered offensive.”

Dec 3, 2011
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Salafis sense the best is yet to come in Egypt’s elections

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(A woman walks under an electoral banner for the Al-Nour (the largest Salafi political party) ahead of Monday's parliamentary election in Cairo November 27, 2011.REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The Salafi movement wants to model Egypt’s future on Islam’s past. If the first results of the country’s parliamentary elections are anything to go by, many Egyptians agree with them.