An Egyptian Sheikh of al-Azhar attends a mass led by Pope Francis in Cairo, Egypt April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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The head of Egypt's Al-Azhar university, one of the world's leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labeling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said.Ahmed Hosni Taha, the acting university president, had been forced to apologize on Thursday after saying reformer Islam al-Behairy was an "apostate" for attacking some of the founding scholars of Islamic law.His apology was followed by a statement on Friday from Al-Azhar saying that Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who heads the institution that runs the university, had replaced Taha.
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