ElBaradei meets Al-Azhar Grand Imam

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Aug 2011

ElBaradei supports reforms within Al-Azhar and says its independence from the state is necessary

Ahmed El-Tayeb
Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb

Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei has met with Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb on Monday.

During the meeting ElBaradei described Al-Azhar as the pioneer of moderate Islam and expressed his hope that it would continue supporting this stand worldwide.

ElBaradei said he supported El-Tayeb’s initiative to reform Al-Azhar so that it regains its role as a source of enlightenment, locally and regionally. He said that electing the Grand Imam and splitting Al-Azhar from the state has become a pressing concern.


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