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Lynch on Qaradawi 21, January 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Middle East.
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The ever redoubtable Marc Lynch has an excellent post on the ever interesting Yousuf Al Qaradawi. Few people could, I suspect, have written this particular blog post, drawing as it does on a deep and detailed knowledge of the region and its intricacies, its personalities, its narratives and its language. Lynch seeks to, within reason, take the temperature of the Arab public on some key points such as Yemen and Egypt’s Gaza barrier, using Al Qaradawi as a weather vane. It’s really good stuff and something to which we bloggers must aspire.

Al Qaradawi reaching out to Shia 13, March 2009

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Here are some intelligent thoughts from Arabic Media Shack on Al Qaradawi and his apparent desire to try to reach out some kind of olive branch to Shia Muslims.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi today issued a statement that’s sort of favorable to Iran.  Seems to me that there is some kind of attempt to improve relations between Al-Qaradawi and the Shia and part of its playing out on a new focus at Islam Online (his extremely widely read site).   Previously, there was a very noticeable lack of coverage of the Shia in the Islamist movements section.   Put it this way: if your site is called Islam Online and you don’t feature any coverage of the Shia I can see how the averge Shia might wonder “Gee, is there some kind of subtle message here?”    Over the past week, however,  there has been a sudden explosion of Shia coverage.  Since I first mentioned this two days, another article appeared on Iran and then this one on the Shia_in_Kuwait.  What other explanation for this sudden interest in the Shia is there than an attempt to repair relations?