Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
16 - 22 December 1999
Issue No. 460
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Issues navigation Current Issue Previous Issue Back Issues

A moral agenda, not a political programme
The state's relation with political Islam has been an uneasy one during the past century. Can the Islamist opposition -- whether it has renounced violence, or never condoned it in the first place -- now become part of the legitimate political landscape? Omayma Abdel-Latif gauges reactions
'The hardest choice is moderation'
Abul-Ela Madi joined Al-Gama'a Al-Islamyia during his years at Minya University's Faculty of Engineering. In 1979, he left to join the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1984, he became a member, then deputy secretary-general, of the Engineers' Syndicate. He defected from the Brotherhood in 1995, after a row over the establishment of a new political party, to be called Al-Wasat. --read on--
From rifles to referendums?
Islamists once accused the state of apostasy; now, they seem willing to fall in line at the ballot boxes. Will they be given a reprieve? In the second instalment of this year's Ramadan Debates, Al-Ahram Weekly examines the end-of-century prospects for political Islam in Egypt
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