Relations between the Arab and Islamic world and the non-Arab and non-Islamic world

53. AWR Daily overview, December 6, 2012: Pope Tawadros calls on Egyptians to pray for Egypt and officials

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53. AWR Daily overview, December 6, 2012: Pope Tawadros calls on Egyptians to pray for Egypt and officials
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December 6, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II called upon Copts to pray for Egypt and for its officials so that God could enlighten them and give them wisdom. In his first tweet after his return from Saint Bishoy Monastery (Dayr al-Anbā Bīshūy) in Wādī al-Natrūn, he  posted: “Our beloved sons...Please pray with your hearts for our beloved country Egypt and every official in it so that God gives them wisdom and enlightenment in every step they take. With love” (Mustafá Rahūmah, al-Watan, December 6, 2012, p. 6). Read original text in Arabic

67. AWR Daily Overview, December 13, 2012: Azhar call Egyptians to vote in Constitutional referendum

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67. AWR Daily Overview, December 13, 2012: Azhar call Egyptians to vote in Constitutional referendum
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December 13, 2012
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Shabana Basheer
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The Azhar appealed to all Egyptians to vote in the upcoming referendum over the Constitution in accordance with their religious and national conscience, calling this a “national duty”. In a speech yesterday, the Azhar called for the referendum to be carried out peacefully and for the avoidance of all forms of violence and efforts to influence the voting process, in order to ensure that people are able to express their free will and personal choices, saying that attempts to influence public opinion are harām. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyīb, Grand Shaykh of the Azhar, called on all authorities to accept the results of the referendum. He said that Egypt is currently undergoing a democratic transition that requires all parties to uphold the best interests of the country so that it can progress and take its place among nations. [Muhammad ‘Abd al-Khāliq, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 13, p. 7] Read original text in Arabic

57. AWR Daily Overview, January 11, 2013: Newly-appointed Minister of Interior met with Orthodox Pope, Azhar’s Shaykh

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57. AWR Daily Overview, January 11, 2013: Newly-appointed Minister of Interior met with Orthodox Pope, Azhar’s Shaykh
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January 11, 2013
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Diana Maher Ghali
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In his first official meetings, Major General Muhammad Ibrāhīm, newly-appointed Minister of Interior Affairs, met with the Azhar’s Grand Shaykh, Muftī of the Republic and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.

The Minister visited the Grand Shaykh, Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, in the Azhar headquarters, al-Darāsah area and praised the Azhar’s national role in the country (Yusrī al-Badrī and Ahmad al-Bihayrī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Jan 11., p. 6) Read original text in Arabic

39. Libya Offers the First Coptic Martyrs outside Egypt in the Modern Era

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39. Libya Offers the First Coptic Martyrs outside Egypt in the Modern Era
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January 1, 2013
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Jayson Casper
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On December 29, 2012, an unknown assailant killed two Egyptians praying in a service building attached to a Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata, Libya. Located to the west of Tripoli, the attacker threw a homemade bomb into a midnight prayer service of 150 people, injuring two others.

79. The Rise of Islam in Western societies

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79. The Rise of Islam in Western societies
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November 10, 2012
Author: 
Dr. Muhammad 'Imārah
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Usāmah Wadī‛
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German Pastor Gottfried Küenzlen, sociologist and professor of Evangelical theology and social ethics (German: Institut fuer Theologie und Ethik) at Bundeswehr University Munich (German: Universität der Bundeswehr München) defines "secularism" as the complete and ultimate separation between religious beliefs and civil rights and the predominance of the principle of "religion without politics and politics without religion". 

19. Obituary for Kenneth Cragg

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19. Obituary for Kenneth Cragg
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November 20, 2012
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Christopher Lamb, PhD
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Bishop Kenneth Cragg and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations passed away, 99 years old. Canon Dr. Christopher Lamb wrote an obituary. Editor-in-chief Cornelis Hulsman wrote an introduction to his obituary with his personal experiences with bishop Cragg.

53. Religious groups mobilize to counter anti-Islam speech

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53. Religious groups mobilize to counter anti-Islam speech
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October 16, 2012
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Monica Ibrahim
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The controversial ad sponsored by the American freedom Defense Initiative was posted last week in four D.C. Metro, including this one at the U Street/Cardozo station in downtown Washington. SHFWire photo by Monica Ibrahim


[AWR: this article was first published here: http://shfwire.com/node/6940 Monica Ibrahim offered her article to AWR for publication in AWR]


WASHINGTON – Religious groups debated the relationship between American Muslims and the First Amendment in several settings in the nation’s capital this week.


In his 2009 speech at Cairo University, President Barack Obama proclaimed that “Islam has always been a part of America’s History.” Nevertheless, a September 2010, Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 49 percent of Americans held an unfavorable view of Islam, a significant increase from 39 percent in October of 2002.


In response to feelings like these, the Interfaith Alliance and theReligious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center released a report Thursday, “What is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions and Answers.” The report includes answers to frequently asked questions about religious freedom and American Muslims.

42. Visit to The Netherlands brings Egyptian political parties closer; the formation of an article

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42. Visit to The Netherlands brings Egyptian political parties closer; the formation of an article
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October 24, 2012
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Cornelis Hulsman
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On October 16 I presented the following text to the foreign affairs editor of the Nederlands Dagblad:

15. U.S. Embassy in Cairo meet families of Christian detainees, Muslim Brotherhood consider it interference in internal affairs

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15. U.S. Embassy in Cairo meet families of Christian detainees, Muslim Brotherhood consider it interference in internal affairs
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September 3, 2012
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Mustafá Rahūmah and Hānī al-Wazīrī
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo asked to meet the underaged Coptic girls who were kidnapped during the last two years and relate the reality of their abduction and forced conversion to Islam. The U.S. wanted this information for their annual report on religious freedom in the Middle East, including Egypt. However, the Muslim Brotherhood group considered the meeting as interference in Egypt's internal affairs.

44. Mus'ab "The Green Prince"!

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44. Mus'ab "The Green Prince"!
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September 19, 2012
Author: 
Nihāl al-Shirīf
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Mus'ab Hasan Yūsuf, now known as Joseph and also known as "The Green Prince," was re-mentioned following the hubbub about the film discrediting the Prophet Muhammad.

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