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Editor: AWR received this text before President Mubarak announced he would step down. Nothing in the media indicated that this could happen tonight, yet it did.   Ever since the demonstrations began on January 25, men of religion have been stressing the importance of them not being transformed...
According to the Pew Research Center, US media attention for the Egyptian protests has exceeded every foreign policy story over the last four years, commanding 56% of all news coverage. While initially surprising, upon reflection this story hits at the conjunction of many popular flashpoints:...
I was invited a few days ago to Egyptian state television, to take part in the program “Good Morning Egypt,” to comment on the protests in Tahrir Square, and to comment on Iranian statements on the Nile News Channel. Iranian Foreign Minister ‘Alī Akbar Salhi had said that the “revolution” in Egypt...
Sunday, February 6 witnessed a peculiar exhibition amidst the drama unfolding in Tahrir Square. Christian Egyptians publically conducted a prayer service, honoring their fallen co-demonstrators who have died in the effort to topple the Mubarak government. Calling them ‘martyrs’, as is common...
  Following the atrocity in Alexandria, many Christians have responded with angry demonstrations and violence. Though an understandable reaction, AWR's Jayson Casper proposes an idea for Christmas Eve that can unite Christians with the very security forces they are rallying against…  
  Jayson Casper considers the attack in Alexandria and the resulting sectarian demonstrations which arose in its wake. He explores some of the contextual issues and finds hope in an interfaith effort promoted by a dialogue group in the city. Even so, efforts to find meaning in the tragedy must go...
Because of the increased and continuing atrocities of the State of Israel, the Islamic Scholars around the world declared this Ramadan a month of Intifada saying that it is a divine obligation upon the Muslims world-wide to respond to their call verbally, financially, physically and militarily.
Dr. Yohanna Qolta, the Deputy Patriarch of the Catholic Copts, spoke about his memories about the month of Ramadan and about the impact of Islam on his writings. He pointed out the reasons behind the appearance of the term "emigrant Copts" and the attitude of his church towards them. He also spoke...
Religious scholars came to be divided between supporters and opponents to the idea of the nomination of Muslim women in elections and regarding their rights in participating in the political life. The Mufti and sheikh Youssef Al-Badri believe that women’s nature does not allow them to have a role...
The Supreme Constitutional Court decided to abolish the decree of the Minister of Interior which made it necessary for the husband to agree to his wife traveling abroad as a prerequisite to issue her a passport. In addition, it canceled the Presidential decree which entitled the Minister of...
Al-Arabi reviewed the opinions of different intellectuals and prominent figures among them are: " General Fou’ad Allam, Ex-Manager of the State Security Police, who said that it is very difficult to confirm whether someone was behind the demonstrations of the students of the Azhar, " Spokesman...
The RNSAW is pleased to introduce to you a new member of the Board of Advisors: The Revd. Dr. John Watson. Dr. John Watson is an Anglican scholar who was intimately involved in the campaign to release Pope Shenouda, after the arrest in 1981. He has published more than 500 articles, and three small...
Dr. Mustafa Al-Shakma in an interview with Atef Abdel-Ghany, talks about the forthcoming celebrations of the fourteen-hundredth anniversary of Egypt’s entry into the Islamic world. He insists that the people of Egypt were not forced to adopt Islam after its Fath [opening up of the land by Muslims...
The author is dismayed by the book "Women in the Developing World: Thoughts and Ideals" by Bangladeshi feminist writer Hasna Begum in which she claims that, according to Islamic concepts, woman was created for the pleasure of man implying that her life itself is of no value whatsoever, attacks...
Dr. Mohammed Selim Al-Awa is an Islamic thinker and well-known law professor. In this continuation article of an interview of him he expresses his opinions on Shura and democracy, Khilafa (the Caliphate), different schools of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and the issue of non-Muslim minorities in...
Rose El-Youssef magazine continues its recent attack against the Labor Party (in Egypt) claiming that the party has been hijacked by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim extremists, and that it is presenting itself falsely as the sole party representing the interests of Islam in Egypt.
Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin has two court cases against him due to the publication of his book ’My Father Adam... The Story Of Creation Between Myth And Truth’, claiming in it that Adam is not the father of humankind, but the father of reasoning man, and that he was born of a father and a mother. Those...
Dr. Mohammed Selim Al-Awa is regarded as a member of the Islamic movement. In this article (the first of a series) he discusses in an interview the relationship between Islam and politics. He calls for true democracy and fair elections. He also urges Muslims wanting to effect political change to...
When is doomsday?! The sheikh al-Azhar speaks about its signs but nobody knows its real date. The big end is only known to God who has created this universe and this life.
Interview with Dr. Nasr Abu Zeid about his love for Egypt, his status at the Cairo University and Leiden University (The Netherlands), how it happened he was declared an apostate, how he left Egypt and his views about Islam and the West.
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