The ‘urfī (conciliatory) council of the elders of Muslims and Copts in Asyut governorate managed to restore calm to al-‘Adar on the third day of sectarian incidents in the village and some other neighboring villages, sparked after a Coptic high school student has reportedly published cartoons...
The Azhar's Academy of Islamic Research, in a session on December 28 under Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, discussed a code of ethics for the mass media and satellite channels so that they would not insult divine religions. The Academy also decided to present a memorandum to the minister of...
 The Muslim Brotherhood announced that it already set up informal groups to participate in the protection of churches during the New Year's Eve and Eastern Coptic Christmas celebrations. The Brotherhood, in a statement congratulating Copts as well as Muslim on the Christmas, called on the Supreme...
Copts are making about 5% of an Egyptian population of 81 million, which is growing by 4500 souls daily, said Abū Bakr al-Jindī, the president of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). [Majdī Salāmah, Al-Wafd, Dec. 29, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb vehemently denounced "deluded groups" for the bombing attacks that targeted a church in the Nigerian Capital Abuja and the shedding of innocent blood. [Reviewer's Note: The extremist Islamist group Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for...
The investigations into the Maspero case accused three priests, Muslim Brotherhood members and four political movements of inciting and sparking riots, summoning witnesses for the prosecution for the second time. Suspects said that they had nothing to do with the protests in Maspero but that they...
Activist 'Alā' 'Abd al-Fattāh said that assaults on women will have a strong reaction on January 25, 2012, adding "we will take revenge for women." ['Alā' al-Dīn Sālim and Safā' Shākir, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 28, p. 5] Read the original text in Arabic
The Alexandrian poet, Hamdī Zaydān invited people to spend New Year’s Eve off Two Saints Church, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria in memory of the martyrs and victims died in the previous New Year’s Eve. In the early minutes of year 2011, a car exploded just outside the church, leaving...
The committee concerned with the law on developing the Azhar finalized the draft and will refer it to the Islamic Research Academy. The development includes restructuring the senior ulema board and choosing the Azhar’s Grand Shaykh among them. [Muhammad 'Abd al-Khāliq, al-Ahrām, Dec. 27, p. 14]...
In a step that is expected to spark row, Egypt Free Shops Company (EFSCO) received instructions from the finance ministry to refrain from selling liquor and cigarettes in its branches outside airports. [Hishām Yassa and Yūsuf al-'Ūmī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 26, p. 4] Read the original text in...
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