Topic: Khalil Al-Anani
Al Azhar’s edicts were once heeded from Morocco to Indonesia, but the Cairo institution has lost clout as TV imams are reaching larger audiences and Egypt’s President Mubarak has taken greater control. That's a problem for the regime as it braces for its biggest political transition in nearly 30 years.
Ahmed el-Tayeb, who holds a PhD in Islamic philosophy from the Sorbonne, is expected to be a better face for Egypt's Al Azhar University, which was once preeminent in the Sunni world.
The Egyptian president hopes Obama will back away from Bush's push for reform, which caused a rift between the two nations.
While they expect action, many warmed to words that bespoke a knowledge and appreciation of Islamic culture.