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Islamist liberalism in Egypt

The Islamic jurist Yusuf al-Qaradhawi, the popular “satellite sheik” and leading light of Egyptian Islamists, says not to worry, the Islamism the Muslim Brotherhood is about to bring to Egypt won’t be sudden or otherwise jarring. For example:

“People do not understand the shari’a properly. We have to teach people the laws of the shari’aand explain them, before anything else.

“I think that in the first five years, there should be no chopping off of hands. This period should be dedicated to teaching things.”

Too right! And among those who will be taught? Goo-goo Westerners.


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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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