87. Misconceptions about citizenship

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Dr. Hassan Muḥammad Wajīh’s article defines the concept of citizenship, among other concepts of significance, to the proposed amendments to the Egyptian Constitution.

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Dr. Ḥassan Muḥammad Wajīh attempts to analyze some controversial political contexts, particularly the concept of citizenship. The objective of such analysis, according to Wajīh, is not merely to define these concepts central to the current events accompanying the amendments to the Egyptian Constitution. The author believes that such analysis is crucial to the systematic understanding of major political, cultural, national, and international transformations. Wajīh first approaches the concept of religious and secular states. The author points out that if a community values religion, this in turn makes it a religious state. However, if religion is regarded as an individual value that is not brought to the center of community, this makes the state a civil or a secular one. Wajīh believes that such concepts should go beyond this dichotomy, especially within the Islamic Arab culture, where religion plays a more central role than it does in other cultures.

The author then argues that the Egyptian Constitution should reconcile between all these concepts in order to achieve equality and fraternity among all members of the Egyptian community. He recommends that researchers and experts make use of previous and recent studies and analyses of central concepts in order to achieve the desired goals of political reform. He adds that, through these constitutional reforms, Egypt would be able to restore its Arab and regional role. He finally says that Egypt has always been the country of justice and equality that unites faith and knowledge.

Defining citizenship and other concepts relevant to the Egyptian Constitution
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