Egypt and the Problem of Religion


Which side in Egypt is currently on the side of the angels?

We like to imagine that in any conflict (particularly political ones) the good guys can be easily separated from the bad guys; good guys play by the rules of the game, bad guys don’t. Life is rarely that simple, of course, but the current situation in Egypt is especially complex. The cast of key characters keeps switching sides—villains have become heroes only to be rebranded as villains, and on and on.

Asma Afsaruddin, professor of Islamic Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, considers where the moral and ethical lines are being drawn now in Egypt for Religion Dispatches.

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