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Monday, March 22, 2010

Followup: New Al Azhar sheikh appointed

The predictions of who will succeed the late Sheikh Tantawi as the head of Egypt's Al Azhar University were wrong.

It is not the expected Ali Gomaa and it is not Newsweek's rather laughable prediction of Yusuf Qaradawi.

The new head is Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb.

I cannot find too much about him except, like Tantawi, he is considered a "moderate" in many social issues. I did not find any statements by him for or against suicide bombings in Israel.