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July 09, 2004


Anna in Cairo

Qaradawi is very traditionalist and conservative, and I don't really therefore consider him "moderate." Some of his political opinions are those that most pundits would consider pretty controversial, such as his fatawi in favor of suicide bombing. That said, he has condemned other things and he sounds pretty ecumenical in the interfaith dialogues I have heard with him; although he dodges the questions of the Muslim attitude towards apostasy and turns them back on the questioner. Although he leaves me pretty cold he's basically a right-wing traditionalist, not an extremist nor a terrorist.

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