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Al-Azhar controversy leads to curriculum updates

Al-Azhar curricula is being updated following accusations of extremism, which has caused controversy among religious thinkers and authorities.
Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (not pictured), in Cairo May 4, 2015. Steinmeier will also meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his two-day visit to Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1BIPX
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CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the current Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, to discuss Al-Azhar’s efforts to counter extremism on May 27. Following the meeting, the Egyptian presidency issued a statement that same day that read, “President Sisi stresses the need for Al-Azhar to continue to play its role in straightening out the religious rhetoric and eliminating any misconception to fight terrorism and extremism.”

The statement also stipulated, “Tayeb discussed the steps that Al-Azhar has introduced to reform its educational curricula, and to keep them updated.”

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