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In this article, Hamdi Abdel Raḥmān, one of the eight leaders of the Jamā‘āt al- Islamiya who wrote the four books that renounce most of the ideologies of the Gama?at, speaks about how he came to join the Gama?at al-Islāmīyah, why the Gama?at resorted to violence and why they later renounced...
The article points out the opinions of the Islamic leader, who is accused of assassinating President ’Ānwar al-Sadāt, on the relationship between al- Jamā‘ah and the ruling system.
Leaders of the Jihād Group have disagreed with each other on whether or not to rely on violence for the group’s future. Some leaders who are influenced by the attitude of the group’s head, ‘Abbūd al- Zumur, insist on violence, while others see it as unnecessary.
From his jail in the United States, Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of al- Gamaa’t al-Islāmīyah in Egypt, issued a controversial statement, in which he withdrew his support for their initiative to abandon violence. This initiative was originally launched in July 1997.
The Jamā‘ah al-Islāmīyah revealed its new political ideology to reject using violence against society. The group is due to hold meetings with its leaders as the government releases its members from prisons.
Jihād’s leadership is reconsidering, with some reservation, their ideology of violence. Changes are being discussed among the group members. A final first draft will soon be issued.
According to Mustafá Rajab, Jamā‘ah Islamīyah has tried to change its radical position to more a social and democratic one. It has issued books and statements portraying its new philosophy, which is considered to be repentant for everything it has done in terms of violence against the...
In a recent statement, Jamā‘ah al-Islāmīyah regretted that it planed and carried out the assassination of late president al-Sādāt.
‘Ādil Hammūda warns against trusting repentant Islamic terrorist groups. These groups are a “danger lurking in the dark,” awaiting the opportunity to attack Egypt’s security and stability, he says.
Few months ago, a number of imprisoned Jihād leaders declared their renunciation of violence, shifting away from their literal approach to the interpretation of Islamic texts towards the socio-historical mode of exegesis that characterizes mainstream Islamic groups.


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