The film sparking protest in the Middle East was released June 1. In fact, Egyptians were unaware that the video even existed until a talk show host named Sheikh Khalid Abdullah devoted his two-hour program to the film Sept. 8. As a Muslim sheikh, Abdullah undoubtedly was offended by the video's contents. But as a Salafist, whose beliefs run counter to those of the ruling Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Abdullah may have screened the film to incite chaos and complicate Egypt's newly elected president's attempts to consolidate power.
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