CAIRO: Cairo University’s old mosque was demolished Monday per a decision by its head Gaber Nassar to remove all oratories inside the college, Youm7 reported.
A large mosque was opened last week inside the university; Nassar decided that all prayers should be performed in the new mosque.
The Ministry of Endowment also appointed an imam to lead prayers and sermons at the new mosque to “correct the students’ perception of religion.”
The step comes in efforts to counter the spread of “extremist ideology” among small groups of students inside “zawyas;” small mosques.
Cairo University was at the heart of wide-scale protests in the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The academic year of 2013/2014 witnessed most the violence, with some students being killed during protests, hundreds arrested or expelled, and the college’s facilities being severely sabotaged.
The academic year of 2015/2016 has thus far been largely peaceful.