CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 21, 1979
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(Studio) 1400th anniversary of Islam reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Details of faith explained. Present situation of the religion detailed. Scenes shown. Ayatollah Khomeini's interpretations of Koran noted as not that of major Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam explained. Anwar Sadat, Yasir Arafat noted. Persian history recalled [Islamic scholar professor Edward SAID - cites different groups and beliefs in Islam.] Pakistan cited as religious dictatorship. Possibility of Pakistani building nuclear weapon considered. [Pakistani President Muhammad Zia ul-HAQ - sees establishment of Islamic law as duty of government] Situation in Afghanistan, where Islam guerrillas fight against USSR -backed government, cited. Religious terrorism through Islamic world thought perhaps Khomeini's object. Saudi Arabia and Egypt said unpopular with Khomeini.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
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