Lutfī responds to ‘Āmir on the subject of his faulty understanding of the salafī approach, citing several examples of the salafī approach leading to and supporting terrorist activities and an anti-moderation that is counter to Islam.
The author discusses salafism and refers to its origin and definition throughout the Islamic history.
The article chronicles the appearance of famous dā‘iyahs in Egypt and covers the on-going struggle between the new dā‘iyahs and Salafis to take over the status of the publicly-adored dā‘iyah. The absence of an effective role of the Azhar is also questioned.
Asmā’ Nassār wrote about a truly controversial issue; the privatization of the Azhar. She says that some of the prominent ’salafī’ Shaykhs, headed by Ja‘far Bin Idrīs, a Sudanese Shaykh, established an Islamic university in California in 1995. An exchange of scholars between this University and the Azhar occurred, which ended when a branch of the University was discovered in Cairo.
Rose al-Yūsuf reports about different opinions regarding the recent decision to ban books written by Jamāl al-Bannā.
The article lists comments made on some of the author’s e-articles published on the Web. The comments reflect the author’s opinion on the appearance of the new dā‘iyahs and the strategies they follow to gain access into the public’s preferences.
‘Amr Bayyūmī reports on different opinions regarding discussing the Egyptian issue of minority rights.
Sa‘īd ‘Abd al-Khāliq writes about the recent incidents that took place at the Abū Fānā Monastery.
The author compares various media treatments of the Abu Fana incidents and other recent issues in Muslim-Christian relations. He asserts that the media treatment of the incidents was insufficient and influenced by the government.
A special committee led by the governor of Minya travels to Abū Fānā in order to draw the borders of the monastery after brutal attacks. The committee departed the area without a conclusion after much debate over conflicting maps. Officials insist the attacks were not a crime but a land dispute and have yet to pursue the culprits.