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Egypt seeks to battle extremism through religious education

Egypt's Ministry of Awqaf is once again opening its training camps for religious education, looking to include women and young people in an effort to fight extremism.
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CAIRO — After six years, Egypt is reopening religious training camps to bring its employees and others up to speed on their education and give them the tools to guard against extremist thought. In addition to targeting imams, administrative staff and midlevel department heads, the camps will target students of Al-Azhar institutes and, for the first time, female preachers.

The ministry also hopes the effort will strengthen its employees' "street cred," which has suffered among some young Muslims.

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