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Ahmed El-Tayeb
Ahmed Muhammad Ahmed el-Tayeb is the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University. He was appointed by the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, following the death of Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy in 2010. He is considered to be one of the most moderate Sunni clerics in Egypt. El-Tayeb holds a Ph. D in Islamic philosophy from the Paris-Sorbonne University, and has been president of Al-Azhar University since 2003. Between 2002 and 2003, el-Tayeb served as Grand Mufti of Egypt. El-Tayeb is a hereditary Sufi shaykh from Upper Egypt and has expressed support for a global Sufi league.
He has strongly rebuked the Salafi anti-Shia preaching that has increased since the Syrian civil war.
In 2013, El-Tayeb was chosen as the, Cultural Personality of the Year in Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

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