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Egypt’s controversial blasphemy law strikes down on free Islamic thought. January 06. YME. This article was republished by Eurasia Review on January 07 under the title The controversy of blasphemy in Egypt, by Egyptian Streets on January 08 and printed by Egypt25 on January 08. This article was republished by The Jerusalem Post on January 09, by Sicherheitspolitik-Blog on January 15, by The Daily Journalist on February 02, and by International Policy Digest under the title Don’t Blaspheme in Egypt on January 15. This article has been reprinted by The Asian Age and the Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal

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Author(s): Khatib, Hakim
Year of publication: 2016

Abstract: An Egyptian court has sentenced the Islamic scholar and theologian Islam Al-Buhairi to one year in prison for blasphemy. Al-Buhairi was accused of insulting Islam in his TV show “With Islam Al-Buhairi” on the Al-Qahira wa Al-Nas channel. Al-Buhairi questioned the “Islamic heritage”, which angered the Al-Azhar scholarship. The sentence against Al-Buhairi was softened from five years to one year. Al-Buhairi’s lawyer Jamil Saad told AFP: "Islam Al-Buhairi didn’t insult religions because the pillars of Islam are the Quran, Allah and the Day of Judgment and he didn’t come close to these circles at all." Engaged in a demonstration of Egyptian liberal intellectuals against the conviction of Al-Buhairi, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Nasr said: “Blasphemy is a fascist law. It is a legacy of the Spanish inquisition courts.” But what did Al-Buhairi really do?

Keywords: Islam, Egypt, blasphemy, Al-Buhairy

Research area: Research Area 2: The Dynamics of Normative Orders: Rupture, Change, Continuity
Research project: Formation of a New Gender Order in Tunisia after the Revolution

Full text: http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/culture/the-controversy-of-blasphemy-in-egypt_37886

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