Egypt's Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists




 
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Egypt's Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists
 
May 9th, 2014  
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Egypt's Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists
By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - As the Egyptian state presses its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the man expected to become president has deployed a new weapon in the battle with the Islamists: his own vision of Islam. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who deposed the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi and is expected to be elected president later this month, has cast himself as a defender of religion and taken aim at the doctrinal foundations of Islamist groups the state is seeking to crush. Striking a pious tone that sets him apart from former president Hosni Mubarak, Sisi also appears to be taking on the mantle of a religious reformer. He has blamed outdated \"religious discourse\" for holding back Egypt.




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