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The Salafī daʿwa and independent preachers continued their control over Awqaf mosques, as they stepped up their publicity and posters propagating their sermons and Friday prayer orations in an attempt to expand in mosques; under the dominion of the Ministry of Endowmnents (Awqaf), without...
Mahmūd Lūṭfi ʿAmer, a former Salafi Preacher, explained that his fatwa for the demolition of the Conservatory had been misunderstood and put out of context.
Ṭāriq Saʿīd Ramaḍān was born in 1962 in Geneva, Switzerland and is the grandson of Ḥasan al-Bannā, the founder of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organization. In Egypt, Ramadān has become a persona non grata, due to the country's fear of his supposed links to the Islamist wing. He has allegedly...
Through this campaign, the Egyptian Secular Party demands the shutting down of all religious political parties, specifically Salafi al-Nūr Party. It bases this demand on article 74 of the current constitution which forbids the formation of political parties on a religious basis. This clause was...
 Doctor ‘Alī Jum’a, the previous Grand Mufti of Egypt, said that wearing the hijāb is incumbent upon all Muslim women at all times, even during prayer. In an interview he said that not wearing a hijab is equivalent to refusing prayer and infidelity. He emphasized that it is required for Muslim...
Speaking at a press conference, Majdī Sābr, the Media Coordinator for the Union of Maspero Youth, said that the denigration of religion continues apace in Egypt. He castigated what he sees as the denigration of Islam saying that often, judicial rulings are levied quickly in the name of Islam while...
The fight against IS must also be fought in ideological terms. Egyptian Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Salah, who speaks the language of Salafi Muslims, is eager to play a role in this effort. This is the background of my contribution to the Op Ed page in Trouw.  
Copts in Egypt still feel anxious following the overthrow of President Muhammad Mursī, since they continue to be targeted in violent incidents. A spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt said that the state of affairs between Muslims and Christians in Egypt is generally good. However, he...
The Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine initially wanted to interview a Catholic Christian family in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minia about their preparations for Christmas in November 2013. Tensions were still running deep in Egypt after extremists had destroyed tens of churches in Egypt,...
The future of the Salafi Nūr [Nour] Party is in question, and it is yet uncertain if they will survive in the post-June 30 era, let alone thrive. The new constitution bars the formation of political parties based on religion in Article 74, and it will be up to the judiciary to decide if the Nūr...
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...
Saudi Arabian theologian Muhammad al-'Arīfī has issued a fatwá against congratulating Christians during the Christmas celebrations, stating that Muslims may wish Christians well on happy occasions such as graduation, but not for religious festivals.    
This investigation sheds light on the controversry regarding the real target behind the Coptic organizations. Is it really charity work to help the Egyptians or a way to convert Muslims to Christianity?     
Rev. Safwat al-Bayādī, president of the Protestant churches of Egypt, believes the amended constitution submitted to Egypt for referendum January 14-15, is 85 percent positive. As one of the fifty committee members, he described his experiences, both positive and negative, to Arab West Report on...
On May 16, 2013, Arab-West Report was able to interview a former security advisor for the government in North Sinai, who preferred to stay anonymous. A general in the army, his posting began in 2005 and lasted until November, 2012, when he resigned in disagreement with the Mursī administration for...
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...
As of today, December 2, 2013, the appointed fifty-member of the committee to amend the 2012 Egyptian Constitution are engaged in final voting on each article. They face a deadline to complete their work by December 3, after which it will be put to a national referendum in mid-January. In advance...
Egyptian media are full of reports on the work of the current Constituent Assembly. On November 22, Arab-West Report met with Rev. Dr. Safwāt al-Bayādī, President of the Protestant Churches in Egypt and member of the Constituent Assembly. Arab-West Report had previously attended a conference of...
The Salafī-Jihadis of Egypt are a small movement, but Muhammad al-Zawāhirī, by virtue of his infamous brother Ayman, is its face. He made headlines on September 11, 2012, offering to mediate between ‘the West’ and al-Qaeda, believing he has leverage with family at the helm. 
Egypt is not (insert country here). Egypt’s troubles, however defined, are often compared to other nations, but always with a caveat noting Egyptian peculiarities. But considering ‘the troubles’, as the thirty-plus years of sectarian conflict are known in Belfast, Egypt would do well to consider...
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