Obama stiffs Egyptian democratic forces

Al-Azhar University in Cairo is the world's oldest university and Sunni Islam's foremost seat of learning.  Late in June, Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb issued an 11-clause document declaring the institution's official position on the prospective political order.  The statement envisions a "modern" and "democratic nation-state" based on a constitution that ensures full separation among the different branches of government and guarantees equality for all citizens.  The document also calls for respecting freedom of thought and opinion and voices support for human rights, including children's and women's rights. By using the phrase "modern nation-state," Al-Azhar put itself in opposition to Islamist voices that call for the revival of the pan-Islamic caliphate. In particular, Al-Azhar put itself squarely in  opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Joining Al-Azhar, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party issued a statement welcoming Al-Azhar's declaration as...(Read Full Post)