Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Grand Imam of AlAzhar Mosque
Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al-Tayyeb was appointed as Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar in March 2010, after the passing of his predecessor, Dr Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi. Tayyeb was formerly the president of al-Azhar for seven years and prior to that, served for two years as the most powerful cleric in Egypt as its Grand Mufti.
Birth: 1 January 1946 (Age: 72)
Source of Influence: Administration of Religious Affairs
Influence: Highest scholarly authority for a majority of Sunni Muslims, runs the foremost Sunni Islamic university.
School of Thought: Sunni, Traditional Sunni
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