Skip to comments.Egypt’s Islamist revival most evident at the grass roots (o rly?)
Posted on 10/18/2012 10:20:23 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Hamdi Gamal was interrogated by a district prosecutor last week about whether he believes in God. His girlfriends family had insisted that the pair be charged with promoting atheism after they were seen strolling together in publica humiliation, as far as the family was concerned, in their increasingly conservative town. Atheism is not technically a crime in Egypt, but that may not stop Gamal and his girlfriend from being tried for it.
In the void of justice and security on Egypts streets, the directives of law enforcement that once flowed from the top down now increasingly flow the other way as a population empowered by the strength of revolution has sought to define a new societywith or without the central governments support.
Entangled in that grass-roots pursuit of justice is a rising religiosity that has taken Egypt by storm since Mubaraks fall. Islamists dominate the assembly tasked with drafting Egypts new constitution. But it is outside the halls of governmentin the streets, mosques, schools and courtswhere Egypts Islamist revival is redefining the rights and responsibilities of ordinary citizens.
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