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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Islamist Group In Egypt Raises New Concerns

A man prays at a key pilgrimage site for Sufis, whose shrines have come under attack from members of Salafi movement in Egypt. (AP)

A man prays at a key pilgrimage site for Sufis, whose shrines have come under attack from members of Salafi movement in Egypt. (AP)

For years western politicians and diplomats have expressed their fears about Egypt‘s Muslim Brotherhood. But as Egyptians seek to build a new future after the fall of President Mubarak, their concerns have been focusing on a different Islamist movement: the Salafis.

The Salafis try to identify themselves with an earlier — and in their eyes purer — form of Islam. But since the revolution they’ve been blamed for a series of violent incidents in rural areas. The BBC’s Owen Bennett Jones profiles the Salafis.


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