Egypt’s endowments ministry to remove ‘extremist books’ from mosques

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Jun 2015

Mosques must provide the ministry with a list of their library’s contents for inspection

Minister of religious endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa on Monday issued orders to remove any books, cassettes or CDs that incite violence and radicalism from mosque libraries around the country, the Ahram Arabic news website has reported.

Mosques must provide a list of their library's contents for inspection, in order for the ministry to ensure it complies with its list of approved books, said Gomaa.

No new books can be included without the approval of the ministry, according to Ahram Arabic.

The ministry also ordered that immediate action be taken against unlicensed preachers.

According to a law signed by former interim-president Adly Mansour, preachers without permits could face jail terms of up to a year.


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