Top Muslim sheikh urges new understanding to fight terror

The grand sheikh of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most respected seat of learning, says a historical misreading of the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad have led to extremism among Muslims. Speaking at the opening of a conference titled “Islam and the fight against terrorism,” Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb condemned terrorism and called for religious curricula to be reformed to emphasize greater tolerance. He also warned of a conspiracy to “divide and conquer” Muslims that he said is being carried out by colonialists and Zionists.



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