The Egyptian press relentlessly covers the national and international reactions to Geert Widers’ film ’Fitna’. A young man in Saudi Arabia has made a movie to respond to ’Fitna’. He used shots that showed British solders filming Iraqis being tortured and simultaneously displayed Biblical texts that could, if literally interpreted, be understood as an invitation to violence.
Robeir al-Faris reviews different articles in the Egyptian press this month related to Muslim-Christian relations. In particular he mentions a new joint Muslim-Christian Web site and an article that cites the al-Ahrām obituary page to prove that Copts are not being persecuted.
5. Toward establishing a national institution for translation and Arabization
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Talal Ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz
The author sheds light on the issue of translation in Saudi Arabia and Arab countries in general. He stresses the compelling need to establish an institution for translation and Arabization that can improve the academic and professional level of translation and enforce the use of Arabic language in different fields of knowledge.
The assertion of political freedom and the electoral and democratic transformation in the Muslim world does not mean the blind acceptance of Western forms of democracy. Islamic democracy is bound to and directed by Sharī‘ah.
5. EU Parliament launches severe attack on Egypt on the pretext that they persecute Copts
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Members of the European Parliament, who belong to both liberal and green blocs, have renewed their attacks against the Egyptian regime, calling for Egypt to be added to the blacklist of countries persecuting Christians, which also includes Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Jordan.