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Mubarak asks Muslim scholars to teach tolerance
Mubarak asks Muslim scholars to teach tolerance
Mubarak asks Muslim scholars to teach tolerance By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, May 29,2007 13:37
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Mubarak asks Muslim scholars to teach tolerance
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Hosni Mubarak, in a rare acknowledgment of deepening tensions
between Egypt"s Muslims and Christians, exhorted Muslim scholars on
Saturday to teach tolerance and shun extremism.

He said the country needed "a religious discourse that cuts away
intrigues and backbiting among Muslims and Christians - to preserve
Egypt"s stability, social fabric and national unity."

The 77-year-old Mubarak issued the call to hundreds of Muslim clerics
and scholars at Al-Azhar University, the world"s highest seat of
learning for Sunni Muslims. He spoke at the Lailat al-Qadr ceremony,
which mark"s God"s revelation of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, to
the Prophet Muhammad.

Mubarak called for a religious discourse that "revokes terrorism and
extremism." His language appeared chosen as a response to anti-Christian
rioting by Muslims Alexandria, Egypt"s second largest city a week ago.
Four people were killed and 99 injured.


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