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I witnessed the events of sectarian strife in al-Zawya al-Ḥamrā’on this day, June 17, in 1981. I saw with my own eyes the state of terrible chaos that included killing and the looting of jewellers’ shops, and I saw a building in fire, crumbling to the ground.  I was in my second year of university...
Meanwhile, Dr. Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said the results of the third round of Egypt’s People’s Assembly (parliament) elections reflect the supremacy of Islamists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood group and the Salafīs. Speaking in a Friday...
Sāmih Makram ‘Ubayd handed me his business card with the words, ‘I hope I get to use this again.’ Underneath his name it spelled out ‘Member of Parliament’. He took it back momentarily and penciled in an additional word in Arabic: ‘Dissolved’.
I think we all agree that the Salafist groups have been the main supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party since February 12, 2011 till present. This was clearly evident during the referendum on constitutional amendments, in the elections of the People’s Assembly and...
The political carousel that has been spinning during the past few days in Egypt is reminiscent of a saying that goes "why taking the long road while there is a shortcut available".
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday, June 14th about two major political cases that had been brought before court: Were the past parliamentary elections constitutional? Is the Political Isolation Law Parliament passed valid? This law bans members of the former regime from...
On June 11, 2012, the Egyptian People's Assembly will discuss a report by its Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, dealing with the criteria for selection of the members of the Constituent Assembly. Meanwhile, the People's Assembly is receiving nominations for membership of the...
The headlines in the West will read, ‘Mubārak sentenced to life imprisonment.’ They may also say, ‘Egyptians take to the street in protest.’ Confused? Unless one reads more deeply the obvious connection must be that protestors wanted his head, literally. The reality is rather simple, just not...
On May 14, 2012 the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) discussed the results of its months-long study of Article Two in the Egyptian Constitution. These were presented publically at the Association for Upper Egypt, in the Ramsis area of downtown Cairo.
The condition of Egypt is quietly very concerning these days. I say quietly for two reasons. First, in terms of the Western audience, most is slipping under the radar. Second, in terms of Egypt, the nation waits for presidential elections, and the areas of concern are easily ignored if no attention...
Right after the January 25, 2011 revolution, several phenomena and attitudes that require in-depth studying floated onto the Egyptian political playground. As far the Egyptian general Christian affair, Christian protest movements have become a significant indicative example.  
Which images and stories are to be trusted? Copts and Muslims being united in Tahrīr Square in January and February 2011? Coptic Orthodox Priest Father Yu’annis and Salafī Shaykh Hamdī cooperating in the Upper Egyptian village of Qufādah or those of October 9, 2011, with raging armored vehicles,...
The trial of suspects from the military involved in the virginity tests and the October 9 Maspero incidents before a court martial is underway, according to Maj. General 'Ādil al-Mursī, the president of the military judiciary organization. "After all investigations completed and eyewitnesses were...
News is almost never as it appears.  On December 1st I went with investigative researcher and former lieutenant with the Egyptian coastal security Intelligence Rā’id al-Sharqāwī to Tahrīr square.  The square is currently blocked for traffic by perhaps 2,000 demonstrators asking people wanting to...
*/ Advisor 'Abd al-M'az Ibrahīm, head of the High Electoral Commission (HEC), has announced the proposed timetable of elections for the People's Assembly and Shūrá Council - the first phase of the People's Assembly elections will begin on November 21, and the second phase will be completed by...
According to the mixed elections system that will take place in the upcoming parliamentary elections, every citizen will have to vote four times: two times in the People Assembly's ballot box, and another two times for the Shūrá Council. You are now in front of the polling station where you will...
Article two in the Egyptian Constitution seems to be the most problematic issue about the proposed Constitutional amendments. While the majority of Egyptians call for a civil state on the basis of citizenship and equality, many stress the impossibility of omitting or changing article two of the...
Essam Al-Erian, one of the prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, said that raising young men and the entire Egyptian nation on Islam and moralities is the way towards forming an Islamic community. He added that there is no difference between political parties concerning general principles....
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