Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Egypt and its Shi'i Muslims

The Daily Star - Politics - Egyptian Shiites feel heat at home with sect's regional resurgence: "There are no reliable figures for Egypt's Shiite population. According to a US State Department report on religious freedom published in 2006, they account for less than one percent of the country's 73 million inhabitants.

Nafis, 54, was not born a Shiite. He grew up, like the vast majority of Egyptians, a Sunni.

His interest in Shiism was sparked by the Iranian revolution in 1979 when he was a fresh graduate. 'It was an exciting time,' he said. 'The atmosphere was similar to now, and how people look up to Hizbullah and [the group's leader Sayyed Hassan] Nasrallah.'"

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