Menafeeds | Ibn Taymiyya, Egypt, Syria
– Tom Heneghan (Reuters) | Muslim scholars recast jihadists’ favourite fatwa | Prominent Muslim scholars have recast a famous medieval fatwa on jihad, arguing the religious edict radical Islamists often cite to justify killing cannot be used in a globalised world that respects faith and civil rights. A conference in Mardin in southeastern Turkey declared the fatwa by 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyya rules out militant violence and the medieval Muslim division of the world into a “house of Islam” and “house of unbelief” no longer applies. [Epocale: il mondo islamico scardina l’interpretazione di una delle fatwa più amate dal fronte jihadista e quello neocon/eurabista.]
– Matt Bradley (The National) | Islamists and leftists meet to urge political change in Egypt | The leadership committee of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political opposition bloc, was preparing to meet today to discuss future co-operation with the El Tagammu Party, a leftist party that has long been inimical to the Brotherhood’s Islamist ideology. The expected meeting of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau follows discussions between the two groups on Sunday, which marked the first meeting in recent memory between Egypt’s secular and religious opposition.
– Joshua Landis (Syria Comment) | Why Syria Must Burnish its “Resistance” Credentials in the Face of Obama’s Inaction on Settlement Expansion | Both David Lesch and Ian Black explain that in Washington and European capitals policy makers are wondering where to go next with Syria as President Assad burnishes his “resistance” credentials, despite Obama’s recent conciliatory decision to return an ambassador to Damascus. It is little wonder, however, that Syria is stressing “resistance” of late.
– Nadia Abou el Magd (The National) | Mubarak’s failing health prompts talk of successor | The ageing Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, is facing growing questions about his ability to rule and who should succeed him as he convalesces at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh after more than three weeks spent abroad for surgery. Mr Mubarak, 81, arrived back in his country on Saturday, having spent 24 days in Germany, the longest time he has been away from Egypt since he came to power in 1981.
– Osama Diab (Cif, Guardian) | Egypt’s uneasy political truce | The current political debate in Egypt can be summed up in one sentence: parties and activists of all political colours are campaigning to end almost 30 years of President Hosni Mubarak‘s rule and stop his son, Gamal, from inheriting power and returning Egypt to the dynastic era. For the time being, the opposition is united by anti-Mubarakism, despite comprising elements that traditionally been fierce rivals, such as Islamists, liberals and Nasserists.
– David B Ottaway (LA Times) | Egypt after Mubarak | In early March, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flew to Germany, where he underwent gallbladder surgery. That an 81-year-old man would have serious health problems was not unusual. But the fact that the intensely private Mubarak publicly announced his infirmity was so remarkable that it has led to a widespread belief in Egypt that his nearly 29-year reign is drawing to a close.