Prayer during protest
January 28th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Amid Egypt protests, prayer

Keep up with the latest developments in the Egypt protests on CNN's Just In blog.

By Emily Smith and Katie Glaeser, CNN

Amid flames and tear gas clouds, rioters in Egypt have stopped to pray, with many bowing down wherever they found themselves. Video from the region shows rows and rows of men stopping to pray together before returning to hurling stones at the Egyptian police.

Friday's massive demonstrations throughout the mostly Muslim country began after the day's afternoon prayers. FULL POST

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Filed under: Africa • Egypt • Islam • Politics

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement shout slogans in Amman, Jordan on Friday after weekly prayers.
January 28th, 2011
01:16 PM ET

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?

he Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt this week urged its followers to protest after Friday prayers - the first time in the latest wave of unrest the group has made such a call.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political group founded on the belief that Islam is not simply a religion, but a way of life. It advocates a move away from secularism, and a return to the rules of the Quran as a basis for healthy families, communities, and states.

The movement officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals. However, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past, and critics blame the Brotherhood for sparking troubles elsewhere in the Middle East. Many consider it the forerunner of modern militant Islamism.

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Filed under: Africa • Egypt • Islam

How Davos found God
January 28th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

How Davos found God

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

In addition to the corporate and political bigwigs leading talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week is one not-so-usual suspect: an evangelical minister.

"There is some real soul searching going on here," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, an American Christian activist who is moderating sessions at this year's summit. "The question is how do you embed values in the culture of companies in a way that would change behaviors?"

The World Economic Forum's organizers appear to agree.

Since the banking crisis shook global markets more than two years ago and contributed to a worldwide economic slump, the annual Davos summit has invited dozens of religious and spiritual leaders to hash out issues like business ethics and the morality of markets in the company of presidents and corporate titans.


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Filed under: Economy • Leaders

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