Today's date:
Summer 1998

Osama bin Laden: Financier of "Desert" Islam

Gaber Asfour is Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Culture. His comments here are adapted from a conversation with NPQ Editor-At-Large Leila Conners in Cairo.

Cairo - The struggle to keep our traditions open in the face of fundamentalist fervor should be seen in the West as an internal matter. This is not a clash of civilizations between Islam and Christianity, but and historical clash of one interpretation of Islam versus another.

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