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15. The sedition of the Evangelical Church in al-Fayyum

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15. The sedition of the Evangelical Church in al-Fayyūm
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p. 22
Date of source: 
23-07-2007
Author: 
Jihan ‘Azmi
Reviewer: 
Nirmin al-‘Awadi
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A village in al-Fayyūm governorate experienced sectarian sedition when Coptic villagers tried to rebuild an Evangelical church and its wall that were destroyed during an earthquake which hit Egypt in 1992.

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44. A pastor and his son were sustained following violations in marriage and divorce issues in al-Fayyum

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44. A pastor and his son were sustained following violations in marriage and divorce issues in al-Fayyūm
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p. 11
Date of source: 
16-07-2007
Author: 
Muhsin ‘Id
Reviewer: 
Katia Saqqa
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A defrocked pastor and his son pass themselves off as Evangelical pastors and issue distorted conversion and marriage documents.

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55. On the Shurá elections

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55. On the Shūrá elections
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p. 1
Date of source: 
17-06-2007
Author: 
Youssef Sidhom
Comments on the recent Sh&#363r&#225 Council elections
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The author comments on the recent Shūrá

Council’s mid-term elections. He believes that the coverage of the election was mediocre, and that poor press coverage

of events is helping to further distance the concept of citizenship.

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20. Christian candidate Victor Wahib: "The governor, his secretary and State Security Investigation forced me to withdraw in favor of an NDP candidate and when I refused they threatened me with the Muslim Brotherhood"

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20. Christian candidate Victor Wahīb: "The governor, his secretary and State Security Investigation forced me to withdraw in favor of an NDP candidate and when I refused they threatened me with the Muslim Brotherhood"
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p. 5
Date of source: 
18-06-2007
Author: 
Nadir Shukri
Reviewer: 
N?­rmin al-‘Awadi
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Victor Wahīb Fām was the only Coptic

candidate who ran for the Shūrá Council elections of al-Fayyūm governorate, but security pressure

forced him to concede his candidacy in favor of the National Democratic Party candidate Hānī Sayf al-Naṣr.

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54. Copts are called to a more active political role

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54. Copts are called to a more active political role
Date of source: 
06-06-2007
Author: 
Katia Saqqa
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A Copt was forced to withdraw from the Shūrá Council elections in the interest of the nominee of the ruling National Democratic Party. While the church urges Coptic youth to lead a positive role in public life and calls to establish a Muslim-Christian committee for this aim, many Coptic thinkers criticized the church’s initiative, saying that it was a part of the church plans to dominate the Copts’ political orientations.

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16. Religious mottoes enflame the Shurá Council’s elections

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16. Religious mottoes enflame the Shūrá Council’s elections
Date of source: 
06-06-2007
Author: 
Tamir Shukri
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Days before the Shūrá Council elections, the electoral campaigns have witnessed heated battles between the candidates of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling National Democratic Party. Both struggling blocks have accused each other of violating the law and showing religious references on their electoral posters.

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28. Another Black Friday

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28. Another Black Friday
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p. 2
Date of source: 
03-06-2007
Author: 
Magdi Khalil
Considering incidents of sectarian strife in Egypt
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Sectarian strife in Egypt has been a hot topic of contention in the media. The following article presents a synopsis of incidents that have occurred in Egypt in the recent years. The author considers the reasons behind these attacks, the similar situations that they share, that is attacks that have occurred on Fridays, and the media coverage of these incidents.

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11. Sectarian strife flares in Fayyoum

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11. Sectarian strife flares in Fayyoum
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Shayma’ al-Shami
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Two young women, Maryān Mīlād and Teresa ‘Ayyād, were last Monday returned to their families by the police after a reported conversion to Islam followed by three days of demonstrations by the Coptic youth community at the Mar Girgis Church, in denunciation of what the protesters described as the forced conversion of Coptic women to Islam.

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14. Egyptian authorities hand over two girls to the Church after their considering conversion to Islam

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14. Egyptian authorities hand over two girls to the Church after their considering conversion to Islam
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Shayma’ al-Shami
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Egyptian authorities recently managed to avoid a new clash with the Copts by handing over two young ladies to the Fayyoum Church after seriously considering their conversion to Islam. Demonstrations in front of the church occurred after rumors had spread. The rumors were that local authorities refused to hand over the two girls to their families for advice sessions before officially declaring their conversion to Islam.

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44. Al-Qibtiyyah lil-Islah escalates its campaign against Bishop Bishuy and questions the legitimacy of his ordination

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44. Al-Qibtiyyah lil-Islāh escalates its campaign against Bishop Bīshūy and questions the legitimacy of his ordination
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p. 3
Date of source: 
10-05-2007
Author: 
‘Umar Bayyumi
Reviewer: 
Katia Saqqa
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A group of Coptic Orthodox clergymen launch a big campaign against the “autocracy” of Bishop Bīshūy, general secretary of the Holy Synod. The report made accusations against Bishop Bīshūy and severely criticized his policy and questioned the legitimacy of his ordination.

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