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German, Swiss church leaders discuss Al-Azhar's efforts to combat extremism during Cairo talks

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
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Members of the evangelical churches of Germany and Switzerland met on Wednesday with Muslim clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt's top Sunni Muslim authority, to discuss the Islamic institution's efforts to fight extremism.

The talks in Cairo tackled efforts by a department of Al-Azhar responsible for monitoring extremism to combat radical ideology and spread moderate teachings of Islam, the website of Egypt's state TV said.

During the talks, the senior Muslim and Christian leaders also discussed the Islamic authority's role in opening channels of dialogue with other religions and fostering coexistence between Egypt's Muslims and Coptic Christian minority.

Christians make up around 10 percent of Egypt's population of 98 million.

 

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