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With the passing of Sheikh Tantawi as Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar we at Arab West Report have had opportunity to remember him through several interactions which took place between him and our editor-in-chief, Cornelis Hulsman, who often conducted interviews with him on behalf of various delegations....
Yesterday, March 10, 2010, the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar died of a heart attack while visiting Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Muhammad Tantawi led the inimitable institution, considered by many if not most Sunni Muslims to be the leading Islamic university in the world, since his appointment by President...
The grand imām of the Azhar has visited Lebanon, some sources see the trip as a sign of Tantāwī’s support for the politician Sa’ad al-Hariri.
The article discusses the relations between NGOs and donor organizations, pointing to the specifics involving the Child’s Law.
Shaykh Muhammad Sayyid Tantāwī, the grand imām of the Azhar, works hard to gain the regime’s appreciation and incurs many Azhar scholars and shaykh’s enmity because of his stances toward different issues.
Robeir al-Faris discusses the decision announced by Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī regarding permitting Copts to study at the Azhar. He further mentions the recent furor caused by a documentary that depicts Christ from a Muslim perspective.
Dr. Jābir ‘Aṣfūr, the secretary general of the Supreme Council for Culture, responds to an article entitled, ’No Theocracy in Islām,’ authored by the grand Imām of the Azhar, Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī, published in al-Ahrām on February 21, 2007.
The writer tackles the idea of reforming religious sermons, whether Islamic or Christian, through Dr. Nabīl ‘Abd al-Fattāh’s book entitled, ‘The Religious Speech in the Egyptian Mass Media in the Ninety’s.’
The Ministry of Education in Daqahlīyah governorate has dismissed 600 teachers of Christianity from the governorate’s schools who work according to a reward system of remuneration. The jobs have been assigned to unqualified teachers.
Six Muslim Brotherhood students were dismissed for forming a students union parallel to the official one at the Azhar University. Consequently, vandals from the group’s students broke into the university building and blockaded the chancellor’s bureau.

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