2011-02-16 15:52:00

Russian expert points out to decreasing role of political Islam in recent Arabic world developments

Moscow, February 16, Interfax - Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt show that factor of political Islam has weakened, President of Institute for Religion and Politics, member of the Council for Interaction with Religious Associations at the Russian President Islamologist Alexander Ignatenko believes.

"Today, political Samum (the local name for one sandstorm in the North African-Arab area - IF) is covering Arabic world. It is accompanied with storm and thunder and rises up dust and sand. And not much is clearly seen. But there is one important tendency: it is a decreasing role of political Islam," he writes in his article published on Wednesday by the NG-Religii paper.

Ignatenko pointed out that "Jasmine revolution" in Tunisia started from self-immolation of a young man who thus protested against his desperate situation. Acts of self-immolation repeated in the countries with similar social, economic and psychological problems - in Egypt, Algeria, Mauritania, Yemen.

The expert reminded that Islam bans suicide and according to the Koran the self-killer goes to hell, "but these people disregarded commandments of Islam" and Saudi Arabian mufti Abd-al-Azeez Aal-ash-Shaikh and the Al-Azhar Cairo center and university official Mohammed Rifa'a al-Tahtawi attracted public attention to the fact. However, "persuasion of clergy has not influence the protesters."

Ignatenko also pointed out that during Tahrir protests in Cairo, photo and video shows that demonstrators raise forefinger and middlefinger to do a V-sign instead of one forefinger as Muslims do.

Muslims, Christians, pro-Western Liberals, and left forces gathered at the square and demanded Hosni Mubarak to leave. There were no purely political slogans as "Islam is the decision!" which Muslim Brothers earlier used in Egypt and other countries.