Mohamed Said Tantawy

Mohamed Said Tantawy (b. October 28th, 1928, Suhag governorate) was appointed the Grand Mufti in 1986. He received his bachelors and doctoral degree from Al-Azhar University. He was the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar from 1996 until his death in 2010. Some of his views raised much controversy among conservatives. One such example was his decision to ban niqab in classes.