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A senior Al-Azhar official on Thursday denied reports that senior scholars would be forced to sever any political affiliations they might have.
"Al-Azhar hasn't decided to force scholars to drop their political affiliations to join the Council of Senior Scholars or the Islamic Research Academy," Abbas Shoman, secretary-general of the scholar's council, told Anadolu Agency.
"People shouldn't rely on rumors or statements that have not come directly from the grand imam of Al-Azhar," he said.
With 33 senior members, Egypt's Islamic Research Academy is responsible for conducting research on religious issues and matters of jurisprudence.
The 24-memberCouncil of Senior Scholars, meanwhile, represents the Al-Azhar's highest authoritative body.
A well-placed Al-Azhar source stressed that Egypt's leading Islamic institution "accepted diversity" and did not forbid members from expressing opinions or having political affiliations – as long as they weren't attributed to the Al-Azhar.Last Mod: 21 Mart 2014, 10:49