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2. The Copt who has embraced Islam and re-converted to Christianity is murtadd, the Judiciary Administrative Court says

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2. The Copt who has embraced Islam and re-converted to Christianity is murtadd, the Judiciary Administrative Court says
Date of source: 
26-04-2007
Author: 
Tāmir Shukrī
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The Judiciary Administrative Court has ruled that Christians who converted to Islam are not allowed to re-convert to Christianity. The court refuses to allow 45 Christians to change the entry of religion on their identity cards and other official documentary into Christianity, but to leave Islam as their religion. Christian thinkers have denounced the ruling, believing it violates article one of the Constitution and the principle of citizenship. However, Muslim scholars have hailed it, urging to kill them as murtadds.

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6. Legal rights of those who return to Christianity

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6. Legal rights of those who return to Christianity
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pp. 28-31
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April 7-13, 2007
Author: 
Wafā’ Shu‘ayrah
Reviewer: 
Nuhayr ‘Ismat
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Wafā’ Shu‘ayrah reports on the lawsuits filed by Islamized Christians who want to convert back to Christianity.

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14. The freedom of thought and belief in Islam

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14. The freedom of thought and belief in Islam
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p. 7
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21-03-2007
Author: 
Ayman al-Bishbishi
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Many scholars from all Islamic denominations insist that apostates should be sentenced to death although many of the Qur’ānic texts clearly assert the importance of freedom of thought and belief.

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2. Visit of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom creates a debate in Egypt

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2. Visit of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom creates a debate in Egypt
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‘Ila Jalal
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The report released by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom is considered by the Egyptian press to be one of the most critical reports by an American organization because it represents serious interference in Egyptian domestic affairs, especially in terms of education. Journalists writing in the local press were skeptical of the true motives of the Commission and regarded the report with extreme doubt.

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2. The Riddah law[Apostacy law] between what the Imam of Ijtihad used to say and the dogmatism, rigidity and the narrow mindedness we have descended to

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2. The Riddah law[Apostacy law] between what the Imām of Ijtihād used to say and the dogmatism, rigidity and the narrow mindedness we have descended to
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p.10
Date of source: 
January 13, 2003
Author: 
Jamal al-Banna
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The author reviews two books about the issue of apostacy which has been discussed extensively. The first book is titled ?Al-Sawa?ek al-elaheya fi al-rad ala al-Wahabiya? [Divine thunders in answering the Wahhābī movement] which is one hundred years old, while the second book is titled “la ikrah fi al-deen” [No compulsion in religion].

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24. Extremism … at the hand of the court clerk

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24. Extremism … at the hand of the court clerk
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p. 5
Date of source: 
28-05-2006
Author: 
Kamal Zakhir Musá
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Ministry of Interior has refused to allow 150 Christian converts to Islam, who later returned to Christianity, to change the religious data on their identity cards back to Christianity. Kamal Zākhir Mousa argues that an extremist wing of the political elite is trying to link citizenship to religion in a way that threatens Egypt’s security.

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53. Interior minister accuses Copts who convert back to Christianity of igniting sectarian sedition

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53. Interior minister accuses Copts who convert back to Christianity of igniting sectarian sedition
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p. 23
Date of source: 
08-05-2006
Author: 
Nirmin Jamal
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The Egyptian minister of interior, Major General Habīb al- ‘Ādlī, has submitted a memorandum to the Administrative Judicial Court, calling for the dismissal of the lawsuits filed by 150 Copts, who embraced Islam and afterwards decided to convert back to Christianity, and accusing the converts of igniting sectarian sedition and threatening the national unity of Egypt.

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5. The Middle East Media Research Institute claims Egypt’s Al-Azhar scholars declared war on America. Dr. Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi denies this

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5. The Middle East Media Research Institute claims Egypt’s Al-Azhar scholars declared war on America. Dr. Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi denies this
Date of source: 
November 10, 2001
Author: 
Cornelis Hulsman
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The Middle East Media Research Institute

(MEMRI) issued a report titled "Egypt’s Al-Azhar Clerics: We declare war on America," The title implies that many

if not most Azhar scholars declared war on America. Dr. Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi stressed that this was certainly not

true. He said that the report mentioned six scholars, two of whom have nothing to do with the Azhar and another

four who did not have the authority to speak on behalf of the Azhar.

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6. Playing with fire: Ridda cases in the State Council

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6. Playing with fire: Ridda cases in the State Council
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p. 4
Date of source: 
March 17 , 2006
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Playing with fire: ‘Un-converting’ from Islam
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Christians who convert to Islam then change their minds and want to return to Christianity face legal problems concerning the religion category on their national identity cards.

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8. Islamic shari‘a – different interpretations

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8. Islamic sharī‘a – different interpretations
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p. 87
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September 17, 23, 2005
Author: 
Muhammad ‘Abidin
Reviewer: 
Shayma’ al-Shami
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The author discusses the different notions of ‘ridda’ and ideas of the punishment of the apostate as they appear in the Holy Qur’ān and the hadīths.

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