May 10, 2006

Egyptian Mufti Takes Page From Taliban Playbook.

When the Taliban first blew up the statue of Buddha in Afghanistan I thought, “These people are going to be a problem. Now in Egypt the rise of the Islamists in politics threatens that nation’s deep heritage.

BBC : A religious ruling condemning the display of statues has angered Egyptian liberals and intellectuals who fear it could encourage religious zealots to attack the country's pharaonic heritage.

the ruling was issued by the Mufti, the most senior religious scholar in Egypt.
Islam has always been wary of representations of the human figure.
Anything which could even remotely suggest idolatry is frowned upon.
But sculpture in Egypt is as old as the pharaohs.

By Howie at 11:48 AM | Comments |