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Imams sent to New Zealand to foil radicals
by Kurt Bayer
Egypt's Government is sending Cairo-educated imams to "take control" of New Zealand mosques and Islamic centres in a new drive to reduce radicalisation and counter jihadism.
The imams - trained at the ancient Al-Azhar University, regarded as the foremost institution in the Islamic world for the study of Sunni theology and sharia law - will spend up to three years working alongside local mosque leaders promoting moderate Islam and tolerance.
One imam is already working at a Wellington mosque and three more are applying for work visas, according to Egypt's Ambassador to New Zealand, Tarek al-Wasimy.
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