Zahi Hawass: The Egyptian archaeologist raises controversy with his statements about the call to prayer and tourism

Zahi Hawass raises a storm about the call to prayer in Egypt

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The statements of the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, about raising the call to prayer through loudspeakers raise controversy

At a time when, early this week in Egypt, attention turned to the Climate Summit held in Sharm El-Sheikh, a group of Egyptian commentators were interested in statements made by the famous Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, about raising the call to prayer through loudspeakers.

Hawass’ statements revived a new old debate on social media about the use of loudspeakers when calling the call to prayer, as commentators were divided between opponents and defenders of the call to prayer via loudspeakers.

There were those who criticized the archaeologist and blamed him for his “interference in a purely religious issue”, and there were those who defended him and his right to discuss an issue that was “a public issue.”

Behaviors that harm tourism

The controversial statements came during a television interview that Hawass gave to the “Nazra Program” presented by the journalist Hamdi Rizk on Sada Al-Balad channel.

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