The head of Egypt's top Sunni Islamic institute, Al-Azhar, accepted on Sunday the resignation of its publication’s editor-in-chief in the wake of the controversy it provoked in its last issue where Christianity was described as a "weak" religion.
Mohamed Emara, the editor-in-chief of "Sot Al-Azhar", which translates into "The Voice of Al-Azhar", told reporters that he wanted to resign from his position a long time ago but the institution's board hadn’t accepted it.
However, sources inside Al-Azhar institute have revealed that the last issue of the publication raised controversies among scholars and clerics inside and outside of the institution for the content of the booklet that accompanied the main publication.
The criticism of Christianity was published under the title "Failure of Christianity in the Middle East". This part of the booklet discussed the achievements of Islam in the Middle East and how it replaced Christianity as the major religion.
The paper highlighted that the reason behind Islam replacing Christianity in the region was the "internal weakness of Christianity."
This month's booklet was titled "Western Studies attest to importance of Islam's Heritage" and is among a series of free publications that are being distributed monthly with the main magazine. The series tackles issues related to Islam under the title of "Why am I a Muslim?"
A spokesperson for Al-Azhar, Ayman Ibrahim, confirmed to Ahram Online that Emara resigned but refused to give additional information on the reasons.
"Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb has accepted Emara's resignation," Ibrahim said.