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37. AWR Daily Overview, January 12, 2012: Queen Beatrix to be questioned over wearing headscarf in UAE

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37. AWR Daily Overview, January 12, 2012: Queen Beatrix to be questioned over wearing headscarf in UAE
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January 12, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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An ultra-rightist member of the Dutch parliament plans to present parliamentary questioning of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as soon as she returns from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she put on a headscarf before entering a mosque there. ['Abd Allāh Mustafá from Brussels, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Jan. 12, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic

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41. Barād'ī demand a law for freedom of religious rites

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41. Barād'ī demand a law for freedom of religious rites
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October 21, 2011
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Nirmīn al-Shawādfī and 'Uthmān Shihātah
Reviewer: 
Diana Maher Ghali
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Presidential hopeful Dr. Muhammad al-Barād'ī demanded a law that would protect the rights to practice religious rituals.

Barād'ī made the remarks during his visit to al-Sharqiya governorate.

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28. The farcical report of the religious freedoms committee

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28. The farcical report of the religious freedoms committee
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October 26, 2011
Author: 
Ibrāhīm al-Bayūmī Ghānim
Reviewer: 
‘Amr al-Misrī
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It was political venom wrapped in an enigmatic meaningless black comedy. This is the right description that applies to the annual U.S. report on religious freedoms in Egypt, released on September 13, 2011.

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25. Administrative Court: Re-converters to Christianity can update religion on ID Cards

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25. Administrative Court: Re-converters to Christianity can update religion on ID Cards
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October 4, 2011
Author: 
Wafā Shi'īrah
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The Supreme Administrative Court in the Council of State headed by Counselor Majdī al-'Ajātī, ruled in favor of re-converters to Christianity and gave them the right to prove their religion on the national ID card and birth certificate. 

The Court will still have to consider another 12 similar cases [al-Jumhūrīyah said 15 cases]. Furthermore, the Court criticized the Ministry of Interior Affairs for not executing the verdicts.

[Reviewer's Note: News story was also covered in al-Jumhūrīyah, page 15, October 4, 2011 and has no link online.]

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21. Coptic student denied entering school for not wearing hijāb

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21. Coptic student denied entering school for not wearing hijāb
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October 2, 2011
Author: 
Nādir Shukrī
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Diana Maher Ghali
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In Banī Mazār village, al-Minya governorate, al-Shaykh Fadl Secondary School refused to let a Coptic girl, first secondary grade, in for the eighth day running for refusing to wear a hijāb.

When the girl's father went to school to object the measure, the school administration filed a libel report against him.

The school had imposed hijāb on all Coptic girls. All schoolgirls wore hijāb in order to be allowed in except this girl.

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52. 25,000 books in Giza pressess, not authorized to print

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52. 25,000 books in Giza pressess, not authorized to print
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September 30, 2011
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Giza's security apparatus and the Artistic-Productions Investigation Department carried a campaign on a number of printing houses in Dokki (Duqqī), Imbābah and al-Warrāq for reprinting books not authorized for printing by its owners.

25 thousand books, seven thousand were calling for Shiism, were confiscated. Major General Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn, Prime Minister of Interior for National Security, ordered to hold the seizures and to refer the owners of printing houses to the prosecution to take legal action against them.

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30. US religious freedoms document criticized by Salafist Front

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30. US religious freedoms document criticized by Salafist Front
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September 15, 2011
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Yusif Ramz, Nadi al-Makhouli and Mustafa Hashim
Reviewer: 
Eleanor Swingewood
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A report on the situation of religious freedoms around the world - and countries that have failed to effectively protect them - was issued yesterday (September 14) by the U.S. Department of State. Middle Eastern and African countries were numerous, and Egypt was one of these countries to be reported on, noting the sectarian strife plaguing the country in the post-Mubārak era.

 

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27. US religious envoy to export 'freedom of belief' to Egypt, Middle East

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27. US religious envoy to export 'freedom of belief' to Egypt, Middle East
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August 17, 2011
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Maggie Hyde
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A proposed U.S. envoy designated to advocate for the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East is stirring controversy in Egypt, but supporters of the position in Washington say it is not meant to interfere in Egypt’s policies.

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14. Deputy PM proclaims civil state, pluralism in draft constitutional document

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14. Deputy PM proclaims civil state, pluralism in draft constitutional document
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August 14, 2011
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Hamdī Dabash
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'Alī al-Silmī, the deputy prime minister for political affairs, in a meeting on Friday, presented a document entitled "Basic Constitutional Principles" to a number of Egyptian political parties, seeking their views on the document's contents.

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42. Mosques are free as churches

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42. Mosques are free as churches
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July 1, 2011
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Muhammad ‘Abd al-Qudūs
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Sarah Lotfy
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“During Mūbarak’s regime there were many restrictions on mosques that prevented them from performing many summer activities, while churches had greater freedom,” says Muhammad ‘Abd al-Qudūs, author of the article.

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