Sufis Look for a Political Role in Egypt

News article, posted 12.03.2014, from Egypt, in:
The Remains of Sheikh Zuweid Shrine, a Sufi Holy Site which was blasted by Islamist extremists in 2012 (REUTERS)

Following the car bombing of the Ahmad Al-Badawi Mosque — a Sufi mosque that contains the shrine of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawi, founder of the Badawiyyah Sufi order — on Oct. 14, 2014, sheikhs of the Sufi order issued statements accusing the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist movements of carrying out the operation. They vowed that they would even the scores in the next parliamentary elections, as the Sufi orders, for the first time, would toss their hat in the ring, in coordination with other political forces. So would the Sufi order be a more moderate religious alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists in power?


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