Egypt Has Never Been More Important

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Government forces bulldozed this pro-Morsi protest camp in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013.

In a kingdom where politics is rarely discussed, what happened during Friday prayers on Aug. 23 at al-Ferdous Mosque in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, spoke volumes about the standing of another Arab country — Egypt. During his sermon, the imam leading the prayers began denouncing Egypt's military chief, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, and then prayed for his demise. Al-Sisi is a man who is considered — depending on how you view Egypt's "coup-volution" — either a hero or a villain across the Arab world; he led the military ouster of the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi and remains the...

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