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15. Building a new (religious) foundation

In revolutions dictatorial regimes are seen as a structure that has to be demolished. The end of the regime’s figurehead is not the end, but the start of the demolition of the “structures” of the old regime. Not only the cronies, who profited from the dictatorship, should go, but also the legal foundation of the … Continue reading

13. Will popular Islam survive the revolutions?

The revolutions in the Middle-East have inadvertently unleashed a force that cannot be controlled. Radical groups, which were before held back by the now toppled regimes, have started to attack sufi graves. The most highlighted incident was the destruction of the ancient and famous sufi sanctuaries in Timbuktu by armed radicals, who called themselves Ansar … Continue reading

12. Power to the president!

On 22 November 2012 president Mohammed Morsi sacked Egypt’s prosecutor general and decreed that any decisions by him could not be overturned by any court. This decree gave him the power to rule Egypt at his whim. Morsi claimed that his move was meant to protect the revolution and that he assumed these powers on … Continue reading

2. Mohammed Morsi (1951-): the pious academic with humble origins

Mohammed Morsi’s official biography on his campaign website for Egypt’s 2012 presidential election stresses his humble origins and his academic achievements, while Morsi himself stresses during his campaign rallies more his conservative and Islamic background. Mohammed Morsi, full name doctor engineer Mohammed Mohammed Morsi ‘Isa al-‘Ayat, was born on 8 August 1951 in the small … Continue reading