Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh dies

The religious leader of Egypt's Al Azhar University, Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, died of a heart attack in Saudi Arabia.

Compared to other sheikhs, he was a moderate. He recently got into trouble not only for shaking Shimon Peres' hand but also for banning the burqa at Al Azhar.

Of course, like most Arab Muslim religious "moderates," he also supported suicide bombing against Jews in Israel.