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The Cairo Center for Development prasied an administrative judge’s ruling requiring children of ‘Urfī marriages to be registered temporarily with the father’s name until a judge makes final ruling regarding the paternity of the child. The Center explained its praise saying that the ruling follows...
The conflict between the Copts over personal status laws entered a new phase as many are beginning to resort to ‘Urfī marriages in light of the difficulties many face in getting divorces. Coptic jurists consider ‘Urfī marriage adultery which therefore guarantees no rights to either the husband or...
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 ‘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...
Before referring the draft of the Law Regulating the Personal Status to the People’s Assembly, President Hosni Mubarak held a meeting to ensure that the rules of Islamic Shari’a canonical were met in the draft. In the deliberations of the Azhar on the new draft there were disagreements, however, on...
Universities are the place where secret marriages between university students are one of the problems that threatened the moral life of these students; especially because students in that phase of life are driven by the uncontrolled emotions of the youth. In 1997 a social researcher found 31...
Arguments are given against orfi marriage from an Islamic point of view.
Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, Sheikh of the Azhar University, discusses several religious issues with the students from the University of Alexandria in a meeting with them during their summer camp.
A new law allows the courts to hear cases related to Orfi-marriage, a form of marriage not recognized until now by the official authorities.
Over the past decade many Egyptians involved in disputes have attempted settlement through what are known as 'reconciliation sessions'.
Due to the pervasive media reporting both inside Egypt and in the international community, the violent incidents of May 31, 2008 at the Abu Fana Monastery is widely viewed as a sectarian confl
Background: Islamic preacher Yūsuf al-Badrī talked about the characteristics of a preacher and the sources of legislation in Egyptian society. He also talked about the case of liberal Islamic thinker, Naṣr Abū Zayd and criticized his books. The questions were asked and answered in Arabic. For more...
Sāmih Fawzī discusses Egypt’s emigration problem, the need for greater transparency and Coptic expatriates. He also calls on Christians to be active players in Egyptian society andbelieves that in the modern age socio-economic factors are more of a uniting force than religion.
The Religious Liberty Group of the World Evangelical Alliance has written a report on the escalation of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. Hulsman quotes from the report and adds his own comments.
In recent years the tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have increased. In many cases Christians have been victims of violence. Is there any chance that religions can live together peacefully in the land of Nile? This is the question that Cornelis Hulsman sought to answer in his paper...
A reconciliatory session is expected to be held between Muslims of al-Nazlah village and Copts of the village. It was rumored that the family of a previously Coptic woman who married a Muslim and converted to Islam, abducted her and tried to force her to leave her Muslim husbands and revert to...
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