Unorthodox Re-interpretation of Islam
Islam Behery (Arabic: إسلام بحيري), born 1974 in Siflaq, Sohag Governorate, is an Egyptian Muslim writer and the host of With Islam on Al-Kahera Wel Nas. On November 5, 2018 he began a new program, “Islam Hurr” on Alhurra.
In April 2015, Al-Behairy used his program to call for reforming Islam, a message Al-Azhar University condemned as an insult to Islam. Al Kahera suspended his program indefinitely. He was arrested, charged with insulting Islam, convicted, and sentenced to five years in prison. Al-Behairy appealed the sentence but a court rejected the appeal in October. However, in December, a court reduced his sentence to one year in jail, and he was later pardoned by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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