28. An alleged affair between a Muslim girl and a Coptic man was about to ignite sedition in Egypt

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An alleged love affair was about to ignite sedition in Egypt. A school book was banned by a ruling from the Cairo Court for Urgent Affairs.

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An accident was about to ignite sedition yesterday in Qanā. Security forces interfered to contain the situation.

A group of Muslim young men deliberately set fire to a number of Coptic shops. Fire fighters of the Upper Egyptian village of Armint al-Hayt extinguished the fire.

In the same region a fight was reported between student Muhammad ‘Abduh Abū Sittah and Coptic goldsmith Rāmī Isḥāq over rumors of a love affair between the goldsmith and one of Abū Sittah’s female relatives.

Consequently, Abū Sittah and seven of his relatives set alight to three shops belonging to Coptic proprietors: a shoe shop, a grocery store, and a photography studio in Armint town in Qinā.

The police arrested the student and his relatives who admitted that they set the fire by burning flammable gas on the doors of the shops whose owners are friends of the Coptic goldsmith Rāmī Ishāq.

In another context, judicial sources reported a ruling from the Cairo Court for Urgent Affairs banning a school book. The book entitled, ‘World History,’ is used in the curricula of different schools that give American licenses. [Reviewer: no specific information is mentioned as to what is meant by ‘American licenses.’ However, it most likely refers to American universities overseas that award U.S. equivalent university degrees]

Lawyer Ahmad Ḥāfiz, one of the two lawyers who filed a claim against the book, told Reuters that the book contains a depiction of Prophet Muhammad ready to enter Mecca or Madīnah with a man kneeling to kiss his foot. The book mentions that the depiction was painted in Persia [now Iran]. Ḥāfiz added that the book also contains depictions of Abī Bakr and other figures of Ahl al-Bayt, which is prohibited by Islām.

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