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My response to Shishir

Reader comment on item: L'Institut d'Égypte – In Memoriam
in response to reader comment: Does this signal a shift in self perception of Egyptian identity?

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Jan 7, 2012 at 22:11

"Since at least the Napoleonic conquest of Egypt and the subsequent mostly Western craze regarding ancient Egypt, native Egyptians have often sought to emphasize their pre Arab Islamic Pharaonic heritage rather than their traditional Islamic present.So much so that Naghuib Mahfouz remarked that around the early 1900s pseudo Paganism under an Islamic garb with black magic ,worship of saints,graves and other heteredox rituals were on the rise in the country side while traditional Islam was in the decline...To speak nothing of the rapidly Westernizing urban Egyptians who viewed Islam like modern day Englishmen view their Anglican faith -a quaint and useful device to facilitate a sense of gravitas and traiditon at christenings,marriages and death but not to be taken too seriously"

My Answer ---> Then please answer me Mr. Shishir what happened so that now Muslims are again becoming more and more traditional again in Egypt ? Is it the formation of Israel which allowed Monotheistic teachings to be taken seriously again by the Egyptian Muslims and thereby turning to Allah in full force ? What in your view , that Muslims in Egypt did turn to Islam after the Western period ?

" Sure, the place where Moses was drawn out by the Princess(now a well) was identified but Moses was never introduced as a Jew ,neither was Jesus or Mary were refered to as Jews.Their quarters where they stayed during their flight from Herod.Indeed both were hinted to be proto Muslim as per the Quranic custom."

My Answer ---> Mr. Shishir , Muslims have every right to Moses , Mary and Jesus and all other Jewish prophets than any one else. Why do others want to steal Islam's prophets from the Muslims ?

Muslims who talk about destroying non-Godly strictures in the Muslim lands are following in the footsteps of the Jews and Christians. Do you not know that after conquering the Canan , Joshua did destroy temples of the Pagans there ? So you should also see the Muslim acts as a sort of following in the footsteps of the Jews.

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