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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...
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [non-governmental federation for human rights organizations founded in 1922. Its general secretariat is in Paris] demanded from the Egyptian authorities to make a fair investigation in the Maspero incidents and hold those involved to...
Leaders of several parties agreed that the early indicators of the first round of the parliamentary elections, which showed progress by political Islam currents, were expected but declined to give expectations on the impact of this progress on the next two stages of voting.
The Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria estimated the Copts' participation in Egypt's first parliamentary elections after the January 25 revolution at more than 70% of the total Coptic population, terming the figure as "unprecedented in the history of the church". "Copts have practically...
The prosecution of Al-Marāghah town, in Sohag governorate, is investigating the incidents which erupted in al-Ghurayzāt village on November 28, 2011. Read News Story about the incidents [Reviewer's Note: News story was also mentioned in al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, page 2, November 30, 2011 and al-Misrī al...
  The Coptic Orthodox Church said Saturday it is not specifying a list of candidates for Coptic adherents to vote for in the upcoming parliamentary elections and is merely calling on Copts to vote.
The Islamic parties' website adapted a sectarian campaign against Copts in the parliamentary elections. During the election, the Islamic parties' website repeatedly published news about Copts' violations in the elections. The worst campaign was conducted by al-Nūr salafī party which published a...
The Freedom Egyptian Party (FEP) refused the documents allegedly affiliated to the church that urge Copts to vote for a certain list or candidates. FEP is against mixing religion with politics and called on the church to clarify the source of this document. [Reviewer's Note: News story was also...
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