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Dr. Yāssir Burhāmī, the vice president of the Salafī Call in a visit to members of the Nūr Party and the Salafī Call in Aswan, called upon them to take along their relatives and give a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum. He added that the draft constitution protects Islamic identity and refers to...
The tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Hijrī calendar is known as ‘Āshūrā’. This day, is a sacred day celebrated by both Sunnīs and Shī’ah Muslims alike albeit for different reasons. Despite sharing this day in common, it highlights differences and brings memories of unjustified...
A fact-finding commission set up by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) that recently visited Rafah said Christian families residing in the border city are facing constant threat that overruns their right to live. [Mahmūd Hassūnah, al-Watan, Oct. 26, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
On August 19, an opinion piece by Dr. Tariq Ghazalī Harb appeared in al-Masrī al-Yawm, a liberal Egyptian daily newspaper. The author, a surgeon, describes the Muslim Brotherhood (which he always names with negative sarcasm) as a cancer in society, and in his authoritative medical opinion the only...
The Egyptian revolution of January 25th brought hope for better Muslim-Christian relations, but unfortunately it did not take long for the hopes for many to evaporate. Optimism for better relations is still there, but many more feel that almost two years after the revolution tensions have...
Pope Tawadrus II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark said withdrawal from the constituent assembly is still an option if the Christians were not pleased with the new constitution, asserting acceptance of Article 2 in its current drafting. [Safā’ Shākir and Tāmir ‘Abd al-Ra’ūf, al...
Today's overview highlights the issue of Dahshūr, where calm has been restored and local residents have appealed to Coptic families who left their houses after unrest in the troubled area to return home. The al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) said the Dahshūr clashes did not amount to a...
Rānyā Khalīl Ibrāhīm, the heroine of yet another sectarian trouble sparked recently in Mīt Bashār village, Minyā al-Qamh town, al-Sharqia governorate, said that she was not kidnapped and that she left her father’s home with her own free will. [‘Ādil al-Shā’ir, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, Feb. 19, p. 6]...
The area of al-'Āmirīyah, west of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, has been the scene of deplorable incidents when Muslims and Christians exchanged fire, leaving three wounded and setting some stores on fire, after a young man saved the images of a young girl on his cell phone and showed...
The ‘urfī (conciliatory) council of the elders of Muslims and Copts in Asyut governorate managed to restore calm to al-‘Adar on the third day of sectarian incidents in the village and some other neighboring villages, sparked after a Coptic high school student has reportedly published cartoons...
Media dialogue have become an important tool that can damage the relationships among the Egyptian people due to their sectarian nature.
In The Name Of God Most Gracious Most Merciful Our beloved country, Egypt, is going through a very critical transitional period after the 25th of January peaceful revolution. The current situation is very critical and demands a lot of wisdom and self-restraint. We are facing many challenges,...
I have recently noticed newspapers belonging to religious parties appear on the stands, which is fine as long they observe national principles, but I am afraid there might appear Christian newspapers to confront the Islamist ones, writes Usāmah Salāmah, Editor-in-Chief of Rose al-Yūsuf magazine.
The town of al-Najājrah, in the governorate of Aswan, experienced a sectarian crisis following a brawl between a number of Copts and Muslims because of neighborhood disputes. They threw stones at each other which resulted in two people being injured. Prosecutors are still looking into the case. [...
*/ A report on the situation of religious freedoms around the world - and countries that have failed to effectively protect them - was issued yesterday (September 14) by the U.S. Department of State. Middle Eastern and African countries were numerous, and Egypt was one of these countries to be...
Security forces coordinated with families of the villages in Minya after an incident erupted between Muslims and Copts over a speed bump outside the house of a Muslim citizen. It developed into a brawl which left a Christian citizen dead and 6 Muslims wounded. 6 houses were burnt as well as a...
*/ The Minya Criminal Court has decided to postpone the high-security trial of persons accused in the fitnah that involved residents of the city of Abū Qurqāṣ.
*/ The National Justice Committee has drafted a unified law on places of worship, aiming to curb fitnah ṭā’ifīyah, which will offer new approaches in aspects such as transfer of licenses, regardless of religion or location. These plans come in the wake of the May attacks on churches in Imbābah...
Some participants in the press conference held by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on July 12, 2011 commented on recent reports promoting the establishment of a Coptic state in Egypt. SCAF member Maj. General Mahmūd Hijāzī said that Egypt, throughout its history, has never been hit...
  Last week, an Amsterdam court found Dutch politican Geert Wilders not guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims. AWR Chief Editor Cornelis Hulsman argues that Wilders' inflammatory statements about Islam should not be protected by Dutch law.   There is a full-text available for this summary if...
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