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Egypt launches international academy for preachers, imams

Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments opened an international academy to train preachers and imams with the aim of renewing religious discourse and eliminating extremism.
Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa speaks during a conference held by the Awqaf (Religious Affairs) Ministry headquarters in Cairo, May 25, 2015, to discuss the renewal of religious discourse, a proposal by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in hopes to confront the extremism that has swept the region in recent years. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - GF10000107128

CAIRO — Egyptian Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa inaugurated Jan. 20, on behalf of Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, the International Awqaf Academy (IAA), a training institute for imams and preachers in 6th of October City in Giza governorate. The event was attended by Egyptian and international figures concerned with renewing Islamic discourse.

Gomaa said in his speech, “The IAA is a starting point toward moving forward with the call to renew Islamic discourse in order to face an intellectual stalemate and extremism.”

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