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“People hear about people and think in clichés and stereotypes. Now they were able to challenge and counterbalance me.” Ṭāriq Shaʿlān about the New Arab Debates.   Co-founder and head of the economic committee of the new al-Waṭan Party, Ṭāriq Shaʿlān, engaged in an intense debate with lawyer Ghādāh...
The website EgyptSource, run by the Atlantic Council, recently invited me to publish two articles on the Salafi movement. Excerpts and brief commentary are provided below, along with the links to explore the full articles on their site.
The popular image of Salafī Muslims in Egypt is of a lower-class, older generation, perhaps limited in educational achievement. This is not their fault, many might patronizingly sympathize, as President Mubarak is blamed for letting the school system rot to keep the population ignorant, poor, and...
Meeting Senior Pastor Radi A. Iskanderat his office behind his church, the Evangelical church of Atarine.Alexandria, 22 January. As turmoil in Egypt continues and the situation in Suez and Cairo as well as Alexandria hardens, dialogue seems a distant possibility. In his office, in the building...
As I write about life here in Maadi  I cannot help myself becoming more and more sceptical  and worried about the future of Egyptian society; usually I am a very optimistic and positive person but life for many has become more and more harsh over the last three years and I find myself like many...
In October 2012 Arab-West Report organized for the Dutch political parties VVD (liberal) and CDA (Christian Democrat) a visit of representatives of five Egyptian political parties to The Netherlands in the context of the MATRA South Programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is...
This meeting took place in the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party opposite the Ministry of Interior on December 11, 2012, only days before the referendum on December 15.  This report has been approved by the SGP delegation and Dr. Walīd al-Haddād in a second meeting of Diana Serôdio with...
This meeting took place in a hotel on December 12, 2012, only days before the referendum on December 15. The text in this report has been approved by both the SGP delegation and Dr. George Missīhah.
This meeting took place in one of the buildings belonging to the Presidential palace on December 10, 2012, only days before the referendum on December 15. Part of the area around the presidential palace was closed by the military and only could get in after Cornelis Hulsman had told an officer that...
On December 11 the SGP-delegation met with Coptic Catholic Bishop Qultah to hear his opinions following the tensions between Islamists and non-Islamists over the Constitution.  Diana Serodio translated from French into English. Following an introduction by Bishop Qultah SGP, delegation members...
On December 10, an SGP delegation met with Coptic Orthodox Bishop Musa about the draft Constitution and the place of Christians in Egypt. Michael Burslem did the language editing of this text and placed some comments. This text was sent to the SGP delegation for approval. Bishop Mūsā, however,...
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 increased...
The Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party and its parent organization Salafī Da’wah (Call) Movement launched a campaign to raise awareness of citizens on the importance of voting in favor of the draft constitution in a referendum that would take place soon and refutation of criticism against articles in the...
Bishop Būla, the representative of the church who quit the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, said the church has not authorized anyone to vote on its behalf over the draft. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, Nov. 30, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
Dr. Saʿd al-Katātnī, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, instructed Coptic members of the FJP to open dialogue with leaders of churches that quit the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt and to set a date for a meeting with them in two days in an...
Counselor Husām al-Ghiryānī, Chairman of the Constituent Assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt and Chairman of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), said the draft constitution will be subject to amendments during the next few days. [Muhammad Hijāb, al-Ahrām, Nov. 14, p. 5] Read...
Salafī leaders had contacts with the presidency in an attempt to dissuade President Muhammad Mursī from his decision to attend the enthronement ceremony of Pope Tawadrus II on November 18 on the grounds that the event is purely religious and “against the Muslim faith, sources revealed. [Mahmūd...
President Muhammad Mursī on Friday (Nov. 8) issued a presidential decree appointing Bishop Tawadrus as Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark as the decree was received by acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius. [‘Imād Khalīl, ‘Id ‘Abd al-Jawād, Rashā al...
Public Prosecutor Counselor ‘Abd al-Majīd Mahmūd gave orders officially upholding the possession by Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah of a plot of land disputed between Muslims and Copts in Cairo after investigations revealed the right of the church’s representative to the land. [Sanā’ ‘Abd al-‘...
A delegation of Shubrā al-Khaymah priests met with Public Prosecutor ‘Abd al-Majīd Mahmūd on Wednesday (November 7) to ask for the protection of a plot of land owned by the Kai Mina and Abi Sayfayn Church in the area of Mintāī, accusing a group of Salafists of “occupying the land and turning it...
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