Amr El Tohamy is an author at Religion News Service.
Egypt fights Islamic extremism by allowing women leaders at mosques
CAIRO (RNS) — The move to introduce women preachers – wa’ezzat in Arabic – marks the first time females have formally addressed worshippers in these spaces as officially sanctioned clergy.
Fearing extremist violence, Egypt silences 20,000 storefront mosques
CAIRO (RNS) — The Egyptian government has banned preaching at 20,000 mosques as a precautionary measure to prevent extremist violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.