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January 29, 2008


Nur al-Cubicle

I look forward to reading it before turning in. Meanwhile these things go on. I had no idea that monotheism was not only versioned (Judaism-V0.1, Christianity-V1.0 and Islam-2.0) but not backwards compatible!

Via L'Orient-Le Jour

"The High Egyptian Administrative court rejected the request of a Muslim political activist who converted to Christianity to allow his new religion to appear on his identity card. The Court ruled that Mohammad Ahmad, 25, did not follow the required formalities. « Monotheist religions are sent by God in chronological order (...). To backtrack to an older version from a newer one is unusual», explained the Court in its decision. The Court believes that someone who makes such a choice « deviates from the straight and narrow and threatens the principles, values and precepts of Islam as well as Egyptian tradition».

On Tuesday, the same court allowed a member of the Bahai faith to leave blank the space reserved to religion on his identity card, a practice which human rights groups decry as discriminatory. In 2006, an initial ruling refused granting Bahais the right to indicate their faith on official documents [would that be leaving them with no ID card at all?]...Egyptians who do not have an ID card cannot apply for jobs, purchase property, open a bank account or register their children for school."

One wonders what possible difference would the MB in power make, other than depriving the Mubarek clan of cash flow.

No Preference

It would be interesting to know who in Egypt reads this piece, and what feedback (if any) you get from them.


In Anderson's perspective on the political universe, every state is a self-contained black box and the struggle for power takes place within each, independent of the outside world. The modern media has changed that: the domestic politics of each state is now open, readily observable by the outside forces. It remains to be seen whether MB's efforts would pay off, I think, since its success or failure would be a function of the extent to which the Egyptian regime is permeable to outside forces--of which, I don't think, anybody has a good guess.

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