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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Counselor Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salām, the Attorney-General for the Western Alexandria Prosecutions, on Sunday (November 4) ordered the arrest of Mahmūd Salīm ‘Abd al-Jawād, an owner of a bookshop in al-Dab’ah, Mersa Matrouh governorate, on charges of abducting 14-year-old Christian girl Sarah Ishaq ‘...
Arrangements are being completed at the papal headquarters were completed to provide honorable civilized celebrations of the sacred lot ceremony to pick the 118th as the church's scout teams are getting ready to attain an organizational success similar to that of the elections. [Ashraf Sādiq, al...
Hannes Swoboda, President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, rejected insults to religious symbols, noting there is difference between the freedom of expression and affronts to religion. [Muhammad al-Fiqī and Akram Najīb, al-Akhbār,...
Dr. Yūnis Makhyūn, the representative of the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party in the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, said the party would adamantly stick to the rulings of the sharī’ah in the article on equality between men and women. [Muhammad Gharīb, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Oct...
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