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4. AWR Daily Overview, January 29, 2013: Grand Shaykh concerned about a "Brotherhoodization" of Azhar

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4. AWR Daily Overview, January 29, 2013: Grand Shaykh concerned about a "Brotherhoodization" of Azhar
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January 29, 2013
Author: 
Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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A source close to the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar, Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb, told al-Watan that, the latter had decided to prolong his holidays in his hometown in the Luxor Province in Upper Egypt, concerned on the attempts to what they called the “Brotherhoodization” of the Ministry of Awkaf or Awqāf (Religious Endowements).  The announcement in September 2012 that a leader from the Salafī movement has been chosen as the Minister of Awkaf  was the beginning, the source added. [Wā’il Fāyiz, al-Watan, Jan. 29, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

63. AWR Daily Overview, January 4, 2013: Christmas preparations under strict security measures

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63. AWR Daily Overview, January 4, 2013: Christmas preparations under strict security measures
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January 4, 2013
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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In preparation for the Christmas celebrations on Sunday (January 6), the Church is taking strict security measures, Nādir Marqus, member of the Coptic Orthodox Millī (Lay) Council, declared. Security committees – beside the Coptic Scout youth- will be in charge of securing all the Churches of Alexandria during the Christmas Masses from the inside, while Egyptian authorities will step up security outside the buildings. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī Al-Yawm, Jan. 4, p. 7] Read original text in Arabic

7. AWR Daily Overview, December 23, 2012: Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in Egypt’s Constitutional referendum

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7. AWR Daily Overview, December 23, 2012: Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in Egypt’s Constitutional referendum
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December 23, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Seventeen governorates head to polling stations Saturday, December 22 to vote on the second phase of Egypt’s draft Constitution; observers record a number of electoral violations. [Husayn Ramzī, Al-Misrī Al-Yawm, Dec. 23, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic

23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today

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23. AWR Daily Overview, January 2, 2013: Administrative Court consider case of dissolving Muslim Brotherhood today
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January 2, 2013
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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The State Council of Administrative Court set the coming March 26 as date to rule in the complaint filed by the Arab Center for Transparency and Integrity against the General Prosecution and the Illicit Gains Authority as both have not made any progress in the investigations on illicit gains cases filed since one year while Egypt is going through the most critical time of its history, and despite the fact that Egypt had signed and approved in 2005 the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) issued in 2003. [Wafā’ Shu’ayrah and Hibah Nāfi’, Rose al-Yūsuf, Jan. 2, p.3] Read original text in Arabic

60. The formation of the new constitution; big questions around Egyptian identit(ies)

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60. The formation of the new constitution; big questions around Egyptian identit(ies)
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November 22, 2012
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Lamīs Yahyá
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[About the author: Lamīs Yahyá is a former AWR intern. She is Muslim, studied Egyptology in Egypt and now studies Coptology in Germany, a rare combination that reflects a strong wish to come to mutual understanding between Muslims and Christians. Lamīs Yahyá wrote this text, interesting enough, before the decree of president Mursī increasing his powers. Her text shows the atmosphere immediate preceding this decree]

79. Controversy over Shaykh condoning violence against protesters

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79. Controversy over Shaykh condoning violence against protesters
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August 20, 2012
Author: 
Tobias Borck
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There has been widespread condemnation of a fatwá issued by an Azhar Shaykh Hāshim Islām in which he condoned violence against those who are set to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood on August 24, 2012. Islām reasoned that “the 24 August protests are a revolution by ratters against democracy and freedom." [Update: Al-Azhar cleric encourages fighting demonstrators, sparks controversy, Author not mentioned, Egypt Independent, August 15, 2012]

23. Freedom and Democracy – What are They? Can They Work in the Arab-Muslim World?

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23. Freedom and Democracy – What are They? Can They Work in the Arab-Muslim World?
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October 8, 2012
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Fr. Douglas May, MM
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Doug May, an American who works with CIDT as financial manager, is a Catholic priest who provides pastoral services to foreign English-speaking and Egyptian Arabic-speaking communities.  Doug is often asked his opinions about freedom and democracy by both communities.  Having lived and worked in Egypt for eighteen years and in Europe for five years, he reflects on his concepts of what freedom and democracy mean and how they might be applied in Egypt and the Middle East.

25. Car Murabaha

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25. Car Murabaha
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September 4, 2012
Author: 
Hānī Labīb
Reviewer: 
Usāmah Wadī‛
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“Car Murabaha” is the advertisement published by Banque Misr—one of the most significant and oldest national Egyptian banks, in newspapers for the past few days.

The advertisement, published in al-Sha’b al-Jadīd newspaper on September 4, 2012, has noted that (Car Murabaha by Banque Misr is a sharī’ah-compliant product […]. We are the first bank with 33 Branches offering sharī’ah-compliant products). Another advertisement, published in Veto newspaper on September 4, 2012, has noted that “Car Murabaha” is granted under the supervision of the Sharia Board that consists of scholars from the Azhar.

28. Interview with Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau Member ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Barr

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28. Interview with Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau Member ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Barr
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September 24, 2012
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Jayson Casper
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The demonstrations and riots surrounding the US Embassy in Cairo and other locations throughout the Islamic world have caused much questioning about Muslims and their attachment to and sensitivity over their faith. While many would agree the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims is crude and insensitive, why should this drive Muslims to protest around the world? ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Barr is a member of the Guidance Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood, the leadership organ which consults together to make decision for the group as a whole. Among their members al-Barr is especially respected as a specialist in Islamic law. He agreed to answer a few questions by email, received on September 15, 2012.

30. Is our religiosity real?!

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30. Is our religiosity real?!
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September 11, 2012
Author: 
Usāmah al-Qūsī
Reviewer: 
Diana Maher Ghali
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Recent years have witnessed a series contradictions in our performance of religious rituals and our morals and behaviors. There are double standards, even among individuals.

You may find many people who are, in appearance, religious; they go to mosques frequently, they pray, they wear hijāb, and grow beards, but when you see reality you will find a lot of Muslim nations living in poverty, sickness, ignorance, immorality, and chaos. However, Islam is against all of this. 

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