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Sufi Islam in Egypt

Lately, Sufis have been one of the vital cards utilised in Egyptian parliamentary and presidential elections. Being supportive of the “civil state” camp and against political Islam added more to the long list of misconceptions about Sufis. Not only are they depicted as indulgers in folkloric celebrations, poetic recitals and religious chants, but also as allies of secularism, a precondition to be bashed by their rival religious group, the Salafis. Daily News Egypt explores the meaning of Sufism through the eyes of its adherents, the insightful explanations of some Sufi sheikhs about the long rivalry against Wahhabism and the current Sufi involvement in politics.

Sarah El Masry

Swimming against the current

The government’s prescription to treat the economic recession we’re currently enduring has been a two-fold solution of increasing foreign investment and seeking more international loans. The monetary policy of maintaining the stability of the Egyptian pound against depreciation is a top priority. But how long can the state keep this up? How overvalued is the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Ibrahim was captured on the first anniversary of the death in Sirte of Kadhafi. (AFP/ Getty Images)

Kadhafi spokesman arrested

News of the arrest came hours after the authorities said Libya was still not fully liberated from Kadhafi’s legacy and warned that loyalists continued to pose an active threat, particularly in Bani Walid, one of his final strongholds.

Daily News Egypt

Amadi told AFP that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi assured him that there shouldn't be any difficulties for bringing construction materials and equipments into Gaza for a reconstruction project. (AFP Photo/ Mahmud Hams)

Qatar to channel goods via Egypt to rebuild Gaza

Despite their ideological closeness, ties between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Morsy’s Islamist administration have recently been strained following a deadly attack on Egyptian troops in Sinai which prompted Cairo to demolish scores of Gaza smuggling tunnels.

Daily News Egypt

Review: Morsy’s praise of ex-military gang criticized

In almost all Egyptian newspapers, major columns have denounced President Morsy’s latest tribute to Tantawi and his team, and more than one writer has affirmed that his words are an insult to those who died during the revolution.

Some articles have amplified their criticism of the Shura Council for sacking Al-Gomhuria’s editor-in-chief with a simple word: out! The move, in their view, entails a persistent attitude to step over the Egyptian press and its pride.

Daily News Egypt

For the seventh time: CBE fixes interest rates on deposits and loans

In its meeting Thursday, the monetary policy committee in the Central Bank of Egypt has decided to fix the interest rates on deposits at 9.25 per cent and on the one night lending at 10.25 per cent for the seventh time since February, in an attempt to maintain the bank’s monetary policy and to control …

Mohamed Salah