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Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?
Posted on Feb 13, 2014
By Juan Cole
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Egyptian journalist Hilmy al-Namnam said last fall that some researchers had concluded that there were 2 million Egyptian atheists. He blamed the rapid increase in unbelief among young people on the period of Muslim Brotherhood rule and the hypocrisy of television preachers. Educated young women are especially dismayed at the discourse on women apparent in clerical sermons. He wrote:
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