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Wary of Salafists, Egypt expands control over mosques

The Egyptian state is expanding its control over the dialogue in mosques, and is now preventing Salafists from giving sermons without a permit.
Policemen stand guard in front of a mosque during Friday prayer ahead of a protest by supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army after demonstrations against his rule last July, in Cairo, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) EGYPT OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN EGYPT - RTR3G60U
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CAIRO — Egypt’s government has launched a new movement against Salafist figures in the country, in line with its policy to manage mosques and marginalize preachers affiliated with certain religious political groups. The government had focused on dismissing any preacher suspected of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Since the ouster of Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohammed Morsi, the Ministry of Awqaf (religious endowments) has made many moves to sideline, expel and punish several imams for their pro-Islamist political activity in mosques.

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