Grand Imam of al-Azhar
The Grand Imam of al-Azhar (Arabic: الإمام الأكبر), also known as Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar (Arabic: شيخ الأزهر الشريف), is a respectable prestigious Sunni Islam title and a prominent official title in Egypt, and is considered by some Muslims to be the highest authority in Sunni Islamic thought and Islamic jurisprudence  and holds a great influence on followers of the theological Ash'ari and Maturidi traditions world wide. The grand imam supervises on al-Azhar Mosque and by extension al-Azhar University and is responsible for the official religious matter aside with the grand mufti of Egypt. The current Grand Imam of al-Azhar is Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb.
History of the title
The title of the Grand Imam of al-Azhar was officially established in 1961, but since the 14th century the head of al-Azhar, al-Azhar University, the holder of that position was granted the title of Mushrif of al-Azhar then later a Nazir of Al-Azhar and in Ottoman Empire the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar. Today the holder of the Grand Imam of al-Azhar title, also carries the title of the Grand Sheikh.
Grand Imams of al-Azhar
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- Beattie, Kirk J. (2000), Egypt during the Sadat years, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-23246-7
- Bennett, Clinton (2005), Muslims and modernity: an introduction to the issues and debates, Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-8264-5481-2