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New Release: Religion in Egyptian Public Space by Khalil El-Anani

Author El-Anani analyses how Islamists' dominance over public space will determine Egypt's path, and despite many peoples' fears, he concludes there is a brighter end

Ahram Online, Monday 2 Apr 2012
Religion in Egyptian Public Space
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Dor Al-Deen fil Magal Al-‘Am fi Misr Ba’d Al-Thawra (Role of Religion in Egyptian Public Space after the Revolution) by Khalil El-Anany, Doha: Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, 2012.

The study by El-Anani argues that the role of religion in public space after the Egyptian January 25 Revolution will determine the form of democratic transition.

El-Anani isn't too pessimistic in the face of major concerns over religious polarisation and the rise of Islamist rule in Egypt. Religion seems to be taking a bigger share of public space in comparison to secularism after president Mubarak was ousted from his 30-year reign in Egypt.

However, El-Anani argues that there isn’t one Islamist power that is completely overtaking public space, and that the Islamists are now divided.

The more Egypt moves towards democracy, the book concludes, the more that diverse ideologies will spread, which will force traditional Islamists and political parties to change their discourse.

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