A conference was held in Cairo on 10 April 2011 by the Coalition of Women's Organizations, a non-governmental group. The purpose was to stress the importance of the role of women in democracy building. At the conference Bothaina Kamel, a well-known TV host, stressed that a woman is capable of...
A meeting sponsored by the Anna Lindh foundation and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was just held on 6 April 2011  at the headquarters of the Arab League. It is part of a forum seeking to explore how Arab-West relations could be built differently in the next decade, taking into...
Kamāl al-Hilbāwī, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member, urged Egyptian Islamists to join hands and adopt moderate Islam in order to shape a bright future for their country. Hilbāwī said salafists should never insult other factions and the Brotherhood should not deny other Egyptians their right to...
Business tycoon Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian, said yesterday he would accept a Muslim president for Egypt, on the condition that he would be committed to “values of justice, and equality between a Muslim and a Christian, and between a man and a woman”. He added that he rejected a Christian...
Muftī of the Republic Sheikh ‘Alī Jum’ah contributed an article to The New York Times on April 3 in which he commented on the political situation in post-revolution Egypt. Jum’ah highlighted the role of religion in political life. According to Jum’ah, Egypt's religious tradition is anchored in a...
The salafīs do not seem ready to tolerate anyone who might question their ideas. They seem to be determined to take the law into their own hands to compel moderate Muslims and non-Muslims to feign appreciation for their dogmatic ideas.
Egyptian political prisoners in Israeli jails have contacted the Muslim Brotherhood at home, asking for their help to have them released. In a message that found its way to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees' Affairs and was published by the Ma'an news agency Saturday, the Egyptian prisoners...
In the wake of the Egyptian revolution, calls have been made to enable Al-Azhar scholars to select the Grand Sheikh of the institution. Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the incumbent Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, has some reservations. They include violations that marred recent legislative polls and the existence of...
Muslims will face an LE10 fine if their cell phones ring during prayers at a Giza mosque, which is popular with al-'Ayāt town residents, the local media reported on March 30. The fines will be used for upgrading the government-run mosque, which has become the first mobile-free place of worship in...
An Interior Ministry source on March 30 quashed reports that officers of the now-defunct State Security Department were involved in raiding the house of the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Badī' earlier this week. “Such behavior glaringly runs against the strategy of the incumbent Interior...
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