Luxor to host int’l conference on religious discourse in Nov
Awqaf minister Dr. Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa - YOUM7 (Archive)
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CAIRO: The Egyptian Awqaf (Religious Endowment) Ministry will hold an international conference on the renewal of religious discourse in mid November, the ministry announced Thursday.

Under the title “Imams’ vision on the renewal of religious discourse and refuting extremist ideology,”  more than 50 clergymen, preachers, Awqaf ministers and muftis (Muslim legal experts who are empowered to give rulings on religious matters) from all over the world have been invited to attend the conference scheduled to convene in Egypt’s touristic city of Luxor in 14 and 15 November,” caretaker Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

In press statements on Thursday, Gomaa said that holding the conference in Luxor aims at “supporting tourism and demonstrating the tolerance of Islam toward ancient civilizations,” state news agency MENA reported.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has repeatedly called on religious preachers to combat terrorism through defending Islam and correcting the “flawed image” of the religion in the religious discourse delivered at mosques and public events.

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