Al-Azhar head dies in Saudi Arabia

Tantawi, Sunni Islam's most senior religious figure, stirred controversy with ban on niqab.

    Tantawi wrote a number of books, including a 15-volume interpretation of the Quran [AFP]

    He also wrote a number of books, including a 15-volume, 7,000-page encyclopedia on the interpretation of Quran.

    His body is likely to be sent back to Cairo on Wednesday evening, local television said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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