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Dr. Muhammad Ibrahīm, Minister of State for Antiquities, stated that the cleanliness of the historical sites comes at the top of the list of priorities of the Ministry of Antiquities. He stated in a field visit that he led yesterday morning to the Religion Union Area in Old Cairo. This was in...
In a meeting with Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyīb, Shaykh Al-Azhar, and Dr. Shawqī 'Allam, the Grand Muftī ,  Pope Tawadros states that Egyptians are not to be categorized on religious basis and that Muslims and Christians are in a state of harmony.  
The article is about the struggle between traditional Islam and political Islam. 
Pope Tawadros called the Copts to mingle with the society and get out of their isolation. Also, he has called for separation of the church from politics.
AFP stated that Copts have celebrated the New Year and showed that they have no regret for the protests that they took part in requesting the deposal of the former president Muhammad Mursī. Copts prayed for Egypt on Wednesday during the New Years mass for peace to prevail in Egypt after months of...
Mustafá Khattāb, head of the Ayn Shams Prosecution ordered an autopsy for the corpse of the Copt that was killed by unknown assailants in an attack on MarGirgisChurch in Ayn Shams in order to know the cause of death. The prosecution moved to the Church in order to inspect the place where the crime...
Dr. Shawqī Allam the Grand Muftī of the Republic has met with Ambassador Wafā’ Bāssim who is nominated to be the ambassador of Egypt in the Holy Sea. This is in order to seek religious cooperation between Eygpt and the Vatican in the coming period after the developments in the relationship between...
General ‘Abd al–Fattāh al-Sīsī, Minister of  Defense,  has congratulated the members of the armed forces, fellow Egyptians and Copts on the occasion of the New Year (Amanī Mūsá, Copts- United, Jan. 1).
[This interview took place in English and was recorded. Editorial notes have been made between brackets to clarify some statements. The interview was transcribed by Esther Schoorel and edited by Douglas May and Cornelis Hulsman.]
Few subjects are so sensitive in Egypt as the conversion from one religion to the other. It is often difficult to find out the truth in such stories with all of the possible interests involved, both of the convert and the people around him or her. One can obtain a better glimpse of the various...
The Salafī-Jihadis of Egypt are a small movement, but Muhammad al-Zawāhirī, by virtue of his infamous brother Ayman, is its face. He made headlines on September 11, 2012, offering to mediate between ‘the West’ and al-Qaeda, believing he has leverage with family at the helm. 
The turmoil following the January 25, 2011 Revolution, the rule of former president, Muhammad Morsi, and his subsequent ouster has thrown Egypt’s economy into a recession. I am traveling around and meeting with lots of Egyptians who have been severely affected by the economic problems Egypt is...
On November 14, Isabella Pereira mailed a feature story titled, “The dirty secret behind some of Cairo’s development dreams”.   I have been on the mailing list of Amnesty International for years and appreciate much of their reporting, but I found the title of this story extremely suggestive and...
I have read the July 22 and October 22 interviews with Dr. Amr Darrag and find his answers to be typical of the Muslim Brotherhood, who present themselves as victims without indications that they are willing to acknowledge failures on their side.
One of the greatest horrors that can befall a family is the sudden disappearance of their child. No country in the world could doubt such tragedy. Why then does controversy surround Coptic minors? There are two prominent reasons, and both relate to the contested sectarian nature of Egyptian...
On Thursday July 25, AWR Editor-in-Chief, Cornelis Hulsman, invited me and the other interns to take part to a very peculiar experience: joining him in his interview with Safwat Hegazi, a leading Islamist.
The seclusion of Copts ended with the election of Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.  Thereafter the question is: Why and how?
Monday, July 15, morning, “Egypt’s Copts coalition” forwarded an urgent appeal letter to the Col. Gen. ‘Abd al-Fattāh al-Sīsī, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, as well as Minister of Defense, asking for a quick intervention to stop the bloodshed in Sinai. Copts are constantly...
The Islamist landscape in Egypt is often seen through the lens of two dominant groupings: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, the latter of which have splintered into several smaller political parties. But Sunni Islam, lacking an organizational hierarchy, facilitates the emergence of...
On April 25, 2013, Jihad Watch contributor Raymond Ibrahim (Ibrāhīm) published in Middle East Forum what he titled “Death to Churches Under Islam; A Study of the Coptic Church.” 
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