of Sayyid Imam’s New Revisions: Egypt’s Al-Dostor (page 5) newspaper reports that Egyptian Security forces have broken up a cell named after Anwar Sadat’s assasin, Khalid Islambouli, in the city of Damiut. Of the details provided, the books the group followed: Mohamed Faraj’s 1981 Jihad: The Missing Obligation, another by Ayman Zawahiri, and both of Sayyid Imam (Dr Fadl’s) pre-revisions books.
More importantly, the article interviews Montasar Al-Zayat, a lawyer and a former militant who now serves as a sort of self-appointed middle man between the Government and former militant groups. He made what I think is an important point: Zayat said that because of Sayyid Imam’s new book, the Revisions process has lost some of its value. Whereas before, the discussions were serious and were based on legitimate Islamic scholarship, Sayyid Imam’s Revisions have turned into an exchange of personal insults between Zawahiri and Imam. Not seeing anything of value in the latest Revisions, “this will push the youth to revert to the Internet and the traditional Jihadist sources which justified the use of violence.”
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