Developments in Muslim-Christian relations in the Arab world

20. AWR Daily Overview, June 15, 2013: American organization calls for Christians to pray for Egyptian Copts on June 22, 2013

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20. AWR Daily Overview, June 15, 2013: American organization calls for Christians to pray for Egyptian Copts on June 22, 2013
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June 15, 2013
Author: 
Myles Ormerod
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American Organization Christian Solidarity International has issued a statement calling on Christians to pray for Egyptian Copts on June 22, 2013. The Egyptian Christian community are increasingly at risk due to allegations of disdaining religion, a crime punishable by imprisonment. The event named Middle East Day of Prayer is in aid of Middle Eastern Christians facing all kinds of persecution and suffering (Muhammad al-Balāsī and Hāydī Ahmad, al-Watan, June 15, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic.

5. AWR Daily Overview, June 18, 2013: June 30 is 2nd Coptic participation...Mursi's governance is 'disappointing', says Pope Tawadros

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5. AWR Daily Overview, June 18, 2013: June 30 is 2nd Coptic participation...Mursi's governance is 'disappointing', says Pope Tawadros
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June 18, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II said the Church is part of Egyptian society but does not politically influence anyone. He said June 30 will mark the second participation of Copts, the first time was in the presidential election, adding that the tenure of President Muhammad Mursi (Mūrsī) has been disappointing, especially due to the attacks on the Catherdrals, so people are free to act upon their own conscious and show their dissatisfaction. He stressed that a solution to the Ethopian Renaissance Dam crisis must be found but denied that the Church had been asked to intervene ('Adil al-Darjalī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Jun. 18, p. 7). Read original text in Arabic.

 

25. AWR Daily Overview, June 17, 2013: Wahīd 'Abd al-Majīd continues to uncover details of “Constitution plot”

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25. AWR Daily Overview, June 17, 2013: Wahīd 'Abd al-Majīd continues to uncover details of “Constitution plot”
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June 17, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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In the his book, Wahīd 'Abd al-Majīd said how the members of the Constituent Assembly received a draft of the Constitution in less than three week despite the irresolution of several important issues. He cited this as an example of the Muslim Brotherhood's disregard for the rules, and the danger of involving religion in politics. The agreement for the draft Constitution between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafīs was devoid of the minimum social and economic rights (Author not mentioned, al-Yawm al-Sābi', Jun. 17, p. 10). Read original text in Arabic.

 

26. Luxor Court fines teacher 100k EGP for disdaining Islam

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26. Luxor Court fines teacher 100k EGP for disdaining Islam
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June 11, 2013
Author: 
Ibrāhīm Mu’awad
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Denise Hartlieb
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Luxor Misdemeanors Court headed by Judge Muhammad al-Tamāwī has fined the teacher Dimīyānah ʿUbayd ʿAbd al-Nūr EgP100 thousand. Dimīyānah faced the charges of insulting Islam and the Prophet as well as proselytizing her students at Naga El Sheikh Sultan (Naj’ al-Shaykh Sultān) primary school in the small village of Tūd near Luxor. The case will be referred to the concerned civil court. 

15. AWR Daily Overview, June 13, 2013: Pope Tawadros accedes Copts to participate in June 30 demonstrations

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15. AWR Daily Overview, June 13, 2013: Pope Tawadros accedes Copts to participate in June 30 demonstrations
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June 13, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met with leaders of Egyptian churches and Coptic figures on Jun. 11 to determine the Church's position on June 30 anti-government demonstrations and discuss their possible aftermath. The Church agreed to allow Copts to participate in a various activities during the demonstrations without the use of religious iconography. Pope Tawadros refused to make positive or negative remarks about the demonstrations stating that participating in such demonstrations is a personal choice not a Church matter, and that the Church is always willing to engage in dialogue with the government. However, the meeting did not deal with the ongoing Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis in which the presidency has requested Pope Tawadros to intervene (Mustafá Sha'bān, al-Misrīyūn, Jun. 13, p. 5). Read original text in Arabic.

5. AWR Daily Overview, June 11, 2013: Presidency-Pope Tawadros talks to convince Copts to boycott June 30 demonstrations; church denies

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5. AWR Daily Overview, June 11, 2013: Presidency-Pope Tawadros talks to convince Copts to boycott June 30 demonstrations; church denies
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June 11, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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Majdī Sābir, media spokesman for the Maspero Youth Union, said that Presidency contacted the Papacy to put pressure on Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II to encourage people not participate in the June 30 demonstrations. Sābir called President Muhammad Mursi's (Mūrsī) recent decision on church building as a "bribe" to prevent Coptic opposition. He said that Copts face increasing pressure from some Muslim groups not to participate in the upcoming demonstrations just as they were pressured not to vote in the last presidential elections. However, the Papacy's legal advisor, Ramsīs al-Najjār, denied such a communication took place, stating that Pope Tawadros does not deal with political issues, and that he does not decide whether or not Copts take part in demonstrations (Sarah Hāmid, al-Misrīyūn, Jun. 11, p. 4). Read original text in Arabic.

 

9. AWR Daily Overview, June 12, 2013: Copts organize international conference at U.S. congress to discuss US-Muslim Brotherhood relationship

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9. AWR Daily Overview, June 12, 2013: Copts organize international conference at U.S. congress to discuss US-Muslim Brotherhood relationship
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June 12
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Denise Hartlieb
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Coptic Solidarity Organization organized their fourth annual international conference at the headquarters of the U.S. Congress on June 20 to discuss the U.S. relationship with the Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood (Mustafá Rahūmah, al-Watan, Jun. 12, p. 6). Read original text in Arabic.

22. AWR Daily Overview, April 26, 2013: Church invites Mursi, Qandīl, Fahmī for Easter celebrations

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22. AWR Daily Overview, April 26, 2013: Church invites Mursi, Qandīl, Fahmī for Easter celebrations
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April 26, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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The Coptic Orthodox Church has begun preparing for Easter celebrations amid concerns surrounding the invitation of government officials to attend the celebrations in the light of recent attacks upon the Church. Archbishop Sergius Sergius, Deputy of the Patriarchate for Administrative Affairs, said that the Church will invite the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Shūrá Council as usual, whilst denying the occurrence of special measures. Rāmī Kāmil, Coptic front youth coordinator, the Church's invite to the official leadership contrary to the desire of Coptic movements, who wish to deny the attendance of government officials after the attack on the Catherdal and in al-Khusūs ('Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, Apr. 26, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic.

AWR Daily Overview, June 10, 2013: Copts rebel against Mursi

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AWR Daily Overview, June 10, 2013: Copts rebel against Mursi
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June 10, 2013
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Denise Hartlieb
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The Maspero Youth Union has decided to participate in the June 30 demonstrations, stressing that President Muhammad Mursi (Mursī)'s attempt to win Copts' side by building a new church will fail. The Copts do not want to build churches, however they want a secure homeland with freedom and social justice. Also “Coptic Alliance without Borders” confirmed their participation in the June 30 demonstrations, stating that the President's attempt to restrain them from participating will not work (Majdī Fikrī, al-Dustūr, Jun. 10, p. 5). Read original text in Arabic.

16. AWR Daily Overview, June 8, 2013: Copts divided following President's decision to build new church

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16. AWR Daily Overview, June 8, 2013: Copts divided following President's decision to build new church
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June 8, 2013
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Calum Humphreys
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Copts are divided following President Muhammad Mursi's (Mursī) decision to license the construction of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul in New Nūbārīyah in al-Beheira governorate. The Church welcomed President Mursi's decision, and asked him to consider licensing further Church constructions. However, the head of the Maspero Youth Union said that President Mursi's decision was an attempt to dissuade Copts from participating in the June 30 demonstrations. General Coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union, Andrew 'Uwaydah, said the decision was meaningless as the government does not do enough to protect the churches that already exist and attacks against Coptic property continue regardless (Michael Fāris, al-Yawm al-Sābi', Jun. 8, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic.

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