Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Jihad, Reconsidered

by Manal el-Jesri from Egypt Today

Diaa Rashwan, an analyst with Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies and one of the world’s top experts on jihad and political Islam, could not agree more. Like Habib, he cites Al-Jama’a’s reviews, which led to tens of thousands of former Al-Jama’a members and supporters embracing peaceful political participation. “Today, you can see members of Al-Jama’a arguing with Salafiyyin [Wahhabis] in mosques about making it easier for people to pray,” Rashwan says. The reviews, Rashwan believes, have protected Egypt from infiltration by groups such as Al-Qaeda, and he points out that Al-Jihad’s declarations need to be taken at face value. They could, he says, change the very core of jihadist Islam around the world.

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