Salafi

About: SALAFISM AND ARAB DEMOCRACY

There was an interesting analysis of Salafi movement in Islam via Stratfor on Facebook's Citizenship Project.
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Salafists -- whether they operate through legal means or through raw street power -- can be expected to create problems for Egypt's new government led by President Mohammed Morsi, especially when it comes to foreign policy matters. A prime example is the recent case of the film-related violence, during which Morsi had a difficult time balancing the need to placate the masses at home and maintain a working relationship with the United States, upon which Egypt relies for its economic well-being. While the anger over the film is a passing phenomenon, the underlying dynamic persists.

There is also no shortage of issues for right-wing Islamists to exploit. U.S. imperatives in the region will continue to place the Morsi government in a tight spot and provide reasons for the Salafists to oppose Cairo's policies. Even more volatile than the dealings between the Morsi administration and Washington will be Israeli-Egyptian relations.
... to believe everything is just a popular movement in that region is as silly as believing in the election year stunts & polls in this country.

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Mark de LA says
A sip of Salafi: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/02/07/Egyptian-Preacher-Raping-Women-in-Tahrir-Square-Justified

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A well-known Egyptian Salafi preacher, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam,” posted an online video on Wednesday on his private television channel in which he said the women protesters who were raped and sexually harassed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square got what they deserved. He called them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.”

Abu Islam continued: “They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women -- who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped -- are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!”

He stated that the women were not assembled to protest, but instead wanted to be raped:

They have no shame, no fear and not even feminism. Practice your feminism, sheikha! It is a legitimate right for you to be a woman. And by the way, 90 percent of them are crusaders and the remaining 10 percent are widows who have no one to control them. You see women talking like monsters … You see a woman with this fuzzy hair! A devil! Devils called women. Learn from Muslim women, learn and be Muslims. There are Muslims and Muslimix.

Muslimix” is apparently Abu Islam’s term for liberal Muslims.

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Mark de LA says
seth 2013-02-11 08:41:56 16233
Did the women actually go to the square naked?  Does the video show that?   To understand this item, it is necessary to know that. 

Women do have a different relationship to men in a Muslim culture.  Is it the West's place (or right) to interfere with that relationship?
I seriously doubt that women would go to a protest naked in a Muslim culture. Naked can mean they are without a burka. There is lots of stuff in the UN charter & various resolutions etc. that are routinely ignored by its members. There is lots that can be done.  These are the kind of people we are sending F-16s & Abram tanks to - Egypt.
They can hide behind a religion or eventually feel the shame of what they are doing & quit it.
I would withdraw my support from any region that treats women as unequal regardless of what their religious leaders say about it. It is anti-Golden Rule!  It's time religions got a grip on sex & quit trying to put a wall around it to protect weak-minded members of society.


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