Egypt's Sisi: Impersonating a Democrat

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In the wake of the Paris murders of cartoonists, police, and Jews by gunmen claiming to act in the name of Islam, remarks by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi have drawn praise and suggestions he be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On January 2nd, a few days before the attacks, Sisi called on Muslim scholars at Al Azhar University to lead a “religious revolution,” saying it was “inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing, and destruction for the rest of the world.”

It’s entirely possible, of course, for Sisi to have a point and still not be an appropriate figure for deference on matters linked to tolerance, pluralism, and civil liberties. Indeed, there is a broader context for his remarks that his admirers should not ignore.

- The remainder of this piece may be read at Democracy Road, Ellen Bork's blog at World Affairs Journal

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