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20. Dr. Rifa’at Al-Said: The blood of any opponent is allowed!

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20. Dr. Rifa’at Al-Said: The blood of any opponent is allowed!
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P.32-35
Date of source: 
November 10-16, 2001
Author: 
Khalid al-Balathi
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Dr. Rifa’at Al-Said, the general secretary of the Tagammu opposition party, believes that Islamizing politics is the essence of terrorism and that the Muslim Brotherhood were the first to use terrorism. He stresses that that Islam is not a fertile ground for radical thoughts as some people claim.

6. The Copts between the nation and the church...It is time for reform

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6. The Copts between the nation and the church...It is time for reform
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P.9
Date of source: 
September 12, 2001
Author: 
Kamal Zakhir Musá
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The state considered that the problems of the Copts were a source of headaches, preferably to be avoided. Some people claim that the state relaxed after Pope Shenouda was returned to his seat by a new appointment decree. They considered the pope, to be the representative of the Copts in all respects concerning national unity. This claim may transform the Copts into a community with a representative in the state.

33. The secrets of the demonstration of 3000 Copts against the decision of the pope

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33. The secrets of the demonstration of 3000 Copts against the decision of the pope
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P.92
Date of source: 
August 11-17, 2001
Author: 
‘Atif Hilmi
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More than 3000 Copts demonstrated in the church of Luxor, asking for the return of Bishop Amonius, the Bishop of Luxor, whom the pope deposed more than a year ago. They objected to the pope’s oral decision not to mention his name in the mass prayers.

1. Releasing two Gama’at Al-Islamiya leaders who were accused of assassinating Sadat

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1. Releasing two Gama’at Al-Islamiya leaders who were accused of assassinating Sadat
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P.1
Date of source: 
June 30, 2001
Author: 
Muhammad Salah
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The Egyptian authority released two leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya who were sentenced to 15 years in the case of Sadat’s assassination. The release came one week before the four-year anniversary of the peace initiative declared by the leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya.

25. The Holy Family trip.. A new vision

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25. The Holy Family trip.. A new vision
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P.44
Date of source: 
April 4, 2001
Author: 
Not mentioned
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"Be Thou There" is a new book on the trip of the Holy Family through Egypt. It is an important contribution to the history of the Holy Family, and generally to the Christian heritage in Egypt. The three writers of the book and its editor are specialists in Christian archaeology, Egyptian religious affairs [the editor of the RNSAW], and the New Testaments and history of the church.

23. The monastery of Mar Mena Al-Agaybi which is visited by Muslims and Christians

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23. The monastery of Mar Mena Al-Agaybi which is visited by Muslims and Christians
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p.23
Date of source: 
January 9, 2001
Author: 
Ahmad Hamdi
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The late Pope Kyrillos IV laid the foundation stone of the monastery of Mar Mena Al-Agybi, in 1959. The tomb of Pope Kyrillos, who took Mar Mena as his intercessor, is there. Mar Mena Al-Agybi [Mar Mena, the wonder-worker] was so called because of the wonders that took place where he was buried.

19. The publications war between the pastors of the Protestant church

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19. The publications war between the pastors of the Protestant church
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p.32
Date of source: 
December 6-12, 2000
Author: 
‘Isam ‘Abd al-Jawwad
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For the first time, disputes among the pastors of the Free Methodist church are taking place. The problem started when disputes between many pastors of the Church and the head pastor of its General Council became widespread. This was due to the accusations of lying, stealing, cursing, violating the church’s constitution, and high-handedness, exchanged between the parties. The disputes reached court, when the head pastor of the General Council tried to attack one of the pastors.

2. The hidden generation of terrorists

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2. The hidden generation of terrorists
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P.60
Date of source: 
December 30-January 5, 2000
Author: 
‘Isam ‘Abd al-Jawwad
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The Assistant Interior Minister says that terrorist groups are still present and develop themselves. Some of their members are highly educated and can plan very well in order not to be discovered. Most of them are young people who go through brain washing making them rather die than be discovered. The minister does not believe the terrorist groups have relinquished violence as they claimed. Those who declared their repentance are doing so to be free and restart their activities.

1. Abu-Hamza "the Egyptian" gives a fatwa to murder foreign tourists

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1. Abu-Hamza "the Egyptian" gives a fatwa to murder foreign tourists
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34
Date of source: 
November 25, 2000
Author: 
Wa’el Al-Ibrashi
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Religious extremists started campaigning against Rose Al-Youssef because it published a series of taped interviews with them which unleashed their thoughts, methods and goals. Yasser Al-Serri felt cornered after the magazine revealed the unimportance of his role, and how flat his ideas are. Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman issued a statement to attack the articles of Al-Ibrashi. The attorney of sheikh Abu-Hamza "the Egyptian" decided to sue
Rose Al-Youssef.

3. The fatwa which the Sheikh of the Azhar wants to hang on the walls of all mosques!

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3. The fatwa which the Sheikh of the Azhar wants to hang on the walls of all mosques!
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44
Date of source: 
November 11, 2000
Author: 
Iqbal al-Siba‘i
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The Sheikh of the Azhar, wrote a letter to the Prime Minster which included the fatwa of the Azhar stating that it is not proper to charge fees to enter Mosques, whether those entering are Moslems or not, and whether they are Egyptians or not, and that the Prime Minister should implement this fatwa. The Mufti supports this view and says never someone was prevented from entering a mosque.

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