Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?

Source: Carnegie Endowment
Author(s): Michele Dunne, Katie Bentivoglio

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U.S. commentators have hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s January 2 call for a “religious revolution” in Islam as potentially Nobel Peace Prize-worthy, asking whether Sisi might be “Islam’s Martin Luther” and noting that he made the remarks at al-Azhar, “the epicenter of scholarly Islam.” Moreover, some of these commentators remarked that Sisi had matched his words with action by making a surprise visit to Christmas mass at Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo. Previous Egyptian presidents had visited the Cathedral on other occasions, but Sisi was the first to appear during mass on a major holiday…

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