An Egyptian court has reduced the jail term for a Muslim scholar convicted of “insulting Islam” on his television show from five years to one, judicial officials and his lawyer said Tuesday.
Islam al-Behairy faced an uproar in April after remarks he made on his program “With Islam,” in which he called for reforms in “traditional Islamic discourse.”
On his show on private satellite channel Al-Kahera Wel Nas, Behairy often questioned ancient Islamic preachings and centuries-old interpretations of the faith.
That came as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has repeatedly urged reforms in interpretation of the faith.
But Behairy’s views outraged the influential Cairo-based Sunni Islamic learning center Al-Azhar, which claimed the program did not advocate “reforms” but rather “were insults to Islamic heritage.”