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France steps up rape inquiry of Muslim scholar Ramadan

PARIS: Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies, was ordered to remain in custody in France on Friday and notified that he was the target of a full investigation into rape accusations, a source with the prosecutor’s office said. Ramadan, who denies the allegations, took temporary leave in November from his post at Britain’s University of Oxford. He vowed to sue for slander two women whose rape accusations prompted a preliminary judicial inquiry. Friday’s announcement turned that preliminary…

Egypt’s Al-Azhar university head replaced over declaring another scholar ‘apostate’

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar university, one of the world’s leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labelling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said. The development came as Al-Azhar is pressured by critics who say the authority has not done enough to counter extremism. Ahmed Hosni Taha, the acting university president, had been forced to apologize on Thursday after saying reformer Islam Al-Behairy was an “apostate” for attacking some of the founding scholars of…