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Omar Abdel Rahman

Omar Abdel Rahman, a well-known Egyptian religious scholar and Islamic fundamentalist leader, was born to a poor rural family in the village of al-Jamālīyah, in Lower Egypt.  According to some sources, he was blinded in an accident at ten months of age, although he may have lost his eyesight to childhood diabetes.  A dedicated student, Omar received a traditional religious education in regional urban centers, memorized the Qurʾān, and developed an interest in the works of leading purists such as Ibn Taymīyah and Sayyid Qub.  He enrolled at al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1960 and graduated with honors in 1965 from the Faculty of Fundamentals of Religion.


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