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Meanwhile, the Salafī al-Nūr Party said that it respects the peace treaty with Israel due to the danger of canceling it unilaterally but some “unfair” items have to be modified by all legitimate means.  Al-Nūr (Light), in a statement published on its official Facebook page on December 23, said the...
Coptic businessman Najīb Sawirus said the Muslim Brotherhood’s attacks on him and “false allegations” is yet another episode in the MB’s standard practice of turning political rivalry into religious battles. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 24, p. 8] Read the original text in Arabic 
Coptic businessman Najīb Sawirus said the Muslim Brotherhood’s attacks on him and “false allegations” is yet another episode in the MB’s standard practice of turning political rivalry into religious battles. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 24, p. 8] Read the original text in Arabic 
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III will lead the Christmas mass, said Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah, denying rumors that the church was going to cancel this year’s celebrations of the Eastern Christmas on January 7, 2012. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, December 23, 2011, p.10] Read the original text...
Supporters of the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party in al-Beheira governorate handed out fliers in which they urged voters to cast their ballots in favor of the party and that anyone not voting for al-Nūr would be "a sinner in the heart, profligate and dishonest because they letting down the party that...
The Qasr al-Dūbārah Church near al-Tahrīr Square denied that it had closed its doors before the wounded in the clashes on al-Qasr al-'Aynī street. "The clinic and the field hospital have never closed their gates since December 18," according to Eva Butrus, the coordinator of the Qasr al-Dūbārah...
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. ['Alī Shām, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 21, p. 3] Read the original...
Muslim Brotherhood Murshid (Guide) Muhammad Badī' made a phone call Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III to enquire after his health and congratulate him over his return home safe from a treatment trip in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Church sources aid that the St. Mark Cathedral is considering sending...
A number of Coptic movements condemned the "bloody" incidents that took place on al-Qasr al-'Aynī street and mourned the killing of Shaykh 'Imād 'Ifat as young Copts placed a photo of the late cleric instead of photos of killed Coptic activist Mīnā Danyāl and their own on their social networking...
Church leaders denied any contacts with the Salafī al-Nūr Party, affirming in comments on an interview by al-Misrī al-Yawm newspaper with Dr. 'Imād 'Abd al-Ghafūr, the party's leader, that they would not mind having dialogue with any factions as long as they are legitimate. A source at the Coptic...
The Qena Criminal Court on December 17 adjourned the case of Qurashī Abū al-Hajjāj Muhammad 'Alī and Hindāwī Muhammad Sayīd Husayn, the two partners of Hamām al-Kammūnī, executed after he was found guilty of involvement in Naja' Hammādī massacre that left six Copts and a Muslim policeman killed...
The Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of 27 persons suspected of involvement in the October 9 incidents in the area of Maspero, where dozens of people were killed or injured, but remanded political activist 'Alā' 'Abd al-Fattāh still under custody. [Ahmad Shalabī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 16...
A military court on Dec. 14 sentenced blogger Michael Nabīl to a two-year imprisonment term and a fine of LE200 (roughly $40) after he was found guilty of insulting the armed forces and publishing false new on his blog. ['Alī Shām, al-Ahrām, Dec. 15, p. 29] Read the original text in Arabic
Presidential hopeful Muhammad Salīm al-'Awā said he agreed that an elected president of the republic may be a Copt or a woman as long as this is the will of the people in free fair elections. [Māhir Najīb, al-Akhbār, December 13, 2011, p. 1] Read the original text in Arabic
Dr. Rafīq Habīb, the son of the former head of the Coptic Evangelical Church and deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood group, said the results of the first round of the parliamentary elections were realistic, adding the distortion of the...
Shaykh Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said that he has advised the Salafī al-Nūr Party in Egypt to adopt a "new way of thinking" and that they should seek moderation. [Basant Zayn al-Dīn, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 10, p. 3] Read the original text in...
Salafist leaders and preachers considered as "great conquest and the start to lay the basis of Islamic state" the downfall of Shaykh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-Shahāt, the official spokesman for the Salafī Da'wah (Call) group, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood youths of being behind the campaign to distort...
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt should rule through a national alliance comprising secular parties and Copts, said Rāshid al-Ghanūshī, the founder and leader of the Ennahda Movement, or the Renaissance Party in Tunisia.
The Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party's higher committee issued a decision prohibiting 'Abd al-Mun'im al-Shahāt, the official spokesman for the Salafī Da'wah Group, from making any statements to the media after recent statements in which he lashed out at Nobel laureate Najīb Mahfūz's literature and...
During the run-off elections for the workers seat of Heliopolis, a hot debate followed a statement attributed to the Church supporting ‘Amr Hamzāwī, who won the professional seat in the first round, and Hishām Sulaymān who is engaged in the run-off for the workers seat of Heliopolis. A number of...
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