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Arab-West Report would like to wish its readers a blessed 2013.Truth searching is difficultWe are living in a world were sensational  reporting is given priority over truth. The search for truth has become irrelevant to many who report on Muslim-Christian or Islamist-non-Islamist relations.  Being...
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...
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...
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.
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...
On October 16 I presented the following text to the foreign affairs editor of the Nederlands Dagblad:
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...
 Visit Egyptian Multiparty Delegation   The Hague, 8 October – 12 OctoberProposed by Arab-West ReportHosted by CDA/EFS and VVDIn cooperation with NIMD & Arab-West ReportWith the financial support of the Dutch Matra programme    
A high-level source in the Vatican said Cairo has sent a request nominating Public Prosecutor ‘Abd al-Majīd Mahmūd for the post of ambassador to it more than 15 days ago, before a court acquitted defendants involved in case of assaults on protesters on February 2, 2011, known in the media as the...
Last Wednesday, I was invited to a reception held in the honor of the American Imām Yahyá Hindī at the house of the U.S. Ambassador to Cairo, Anne W. Patterson. This was the first time for me to see an American Muslim preacher of Arab origin. Hindī is promoting several progressive ideas regarding...
Yet another episode of attempts to bring Egypt in an awkwardly embarrassing situation is fostered by expatriate Copts to press the current regime that is only less than 100 days in power coupled with resounding tones about Copts’ rights to seek asylum to the Netherlands. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān,...
President Muhammad Mursī said no one but Egyptians can shoulder the cares and problems of Copts, adding the enemies of Egyptians are many and they will revel in “our differences” and will never discriminate between Muslims and Christians or a mosque and a church. [Fathīyah al-Dakhākhnī, al-Misrī...
Egypt’s top census official revealed that Egyptian Christians are 5.130 million. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, Sept. 26, p. 2] Read original text in Arabic
Douglas May of AWR commends the New York Times article cited below, calls on the U.S. to receive the Egyptian president respectfully and listen to him with an open mind.  While President Muhammad Mursī makes no apologies for his Muslim Brotherhood background, May is hopeful that his determination...
Deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Dr. Rafīq Habīb said the groups that hail the dissolution of the parliament only aim to block any success by Islamists and then corner the president to call for repeating the presidential elections. [Author Not Mentioned,...
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb, Azhar's Grand Shaykh, said that offending the Prophet Muhammad is something repetitive and will happen again.
The Muslim Brotherhood reaction toward both situations varied. First when a Danish newspaper published cartoons denigrating the Prophet Muhammad, the second was the recent film offending the Prophet Muhammad that was published in the United States.
Washington Post  published an article by the Muftī of the Republic Dr. 'Alī Jum'ah  with the title "Prophet Muhammad is ‘the mercy to all worlds’ to Muslims: Egypt’s mufti" on September 18, 2012.
Strong demonstrations erupted in 20 Islamic countries and western embassies over the film offending the Prophet Muhammad. This did not prevent the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo from publishing cartoons dishonoring the Prophet Muhammad.  
The Holy Azhar denounced republishing the cartoons dishonoring Prophet Muhammad by the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
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