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Dr. Saʿd al-Dīn al-Hilālī, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at al-Azhar University, said that the entire Egyptian society used to perform marriages in a verbal manner (like ʿurfī marriages) until 1931. 
Shaikh `Abdallah Nasr, better known as Shaikh Mīzū, criticized what he terms the Sunni marriage of Salafis in Upper Egypt, especially in Sohāj, with minor girls under the age of 18, considering such marriages as `Ūrfī (not officially registered).
Hānī `Ezzat al-Masrī, founder of Victims of Personal Status Law Association declared a peaceful gathering in front of the Parliament building to protest against the statement delivered by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, during his...
The letter of the law became lost to the people of al-Minyā after the sectarian conflicts that have occurred in the area forced the al-‘Urfiyaa Council to act as a substitute for the state and its laws. The council was successful in ending the conflicts by deporting people from the area. However,...
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...
Dr. Muhammad  Ṣalāḥ agrees with the report „Inside the Jihadi Mind“ of the Tony Blair Foundation that the ideology if IS needs to be confronted. Ideology only can be confronted by another ideology. Communication is needed. “We need dialogue with Dāʿish and anyone else to bring them back within the...
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 ‘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 confli
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