Posted by: becketfund | December 12, 2007

Egypt: 22 Detained for “Contempt for Religion”

Reuters reports that 22 men were arrested by Egyptian authorities on charges of “contempt for religion” and “membership in an illegal organization”. The men allegedly belonged to an unorthodox Islamic movement, known as the al-Ahbash sect, which embraced certain beliefs that were out of line with mainstream Islam. Officials reported that the men “possessed literature outlining their beliefs” and were in the process of spreading their beliefs at Egypt’s most prestigious Islamic university, al-Azhar. All of the men are currently still in custody, with eight being questioned by prosecutors.

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