36. Muslim Brotherhood Signs Agreement with Egypt’s Evangelicals

This article was originally posted on Christianity Today, May 31, 2012.

The first free election in Egypt's history has captured headlines worldwide with its unexpected runoff between a Mubārak regime figure and a Muslim Brotherhood leader.

Less known is that 17 Coptic evangelical leaders met with five Muslim Brotherhood counterparts at the Brotherhood's headquarters on February 28, and crafted a joint statement of common values that both sides agree the new Egyptian constitution and government should uphold. Evangelicals comprise a minority of Egyptian Christians, almost 90 percent of whom are Coptic Orthodox.

35. How MB-Evangelical Dialogue Began

On February 28, 2012 the leaders of the Evangelical Churches of Egypt met with the Muslim Brotherhood, and produced a document delineating the shared values of both organizations.

Seventeen evangelical signatories are listed; perhaps the one most surprising comes at the very end.

Rev. Rifa’at Fikrī is the pastor of an evangelical church in Shubra, a densely populated suburb to the north of Cairo well known for its high concentration of Christian residents.

Rev. Fikrī is well known for his strident anti-Islamist stance. In fact, it is this very posture which involved him in the dialogue in the first place.

72. Brotherhood Faces Both Ways as Egypt Votes for President
72. Egypt’s Presidential Elections and Christian Fear

Cornelis Hulsman addresses Egyptian Christians' fear of the strong shift towards Islamism in Egypt and the repercussions it may have for the Christian community. He discusses this fear in the context of current situation in Egypt with regard to the further decline of the economy, the power struggle that exists between several blocs, and the upcoming presidential elections.

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70. Article Two in the Egyptian Constitution… Toward New Courses

On May 14, 2012 the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) discussed the results of its months-long study of Article Two in the Egyptian Constitution. These were presented publically at the Association for Upper Egypt, in the Ramsis area of downtown Cairo.

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Egyptians are busy with a controversial religious edict [fatwa] issued by the Fatwa Secretariat of Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta. The edict prohibits “electronic conversations between the sexes on social media, except when necessary.” Dar al-Ifta removed the edict from its official website less than 48 hours after it was posted last Friday [Aug. 29], but that did not stop the debate on social media, especially as the edict was issued in conjunction with a government decision banning the mixing of the sexes in health clubs.
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On July 19, an Egyptian security post in the heart of the Western Desert was ambushed, leaving 22 soldiers dead.  For weeks, the Egyptian government and press were concerned with who carried it out. But that is less important than what the Farafra attack represented: a bleak turning point for Egypt’s fragile security environment.

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When he is (eventually) elected to Egypt's Presidency, former Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi knows the Everest of his policy goals will be restoring the country's floundering economy. But before he can take on the monumental task of ensuring food and petrol stability to a largely impoverished country of over 85 million, Sisi must first eradicate what has become the most serious Islamist insurgency in Egypt's history. 

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CAIRO — Egypt was recently accused by the United States of carrying out airstrikes in Libya in alliance with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a charge that was soon dropped.
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Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 1 September. In the presence of representatives from ecumenical and international organizations, Tawadros participated in morning worship on 1 September followed by a meeting with staff and a conversation with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

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