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22. Ways forward for the Azhar

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22. Ways forward for the Azhar
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3 - 9 March 2011
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Gīhān Shahīn
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Judit Kuschnitzki
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According to journalist Gīhān Shahīn, the Azhar's pro-governmental stance during the Egyptian revolution delivered a further blow to the institution's already dwindling credibility.

 

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38. Looking for Answers

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38. Looking for Answers
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January 20, 2011
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Muhammad ‘Abd al-Bā’ī
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The article at hand reports on the Alexandria church attack investigations, naming previously unknown details of the attack and listing suspects who were detained or questioned by the police. It is emphasized that no one (including al-Qā’idah) declared responsibility for the attack.

The article further reports that the ongoing investigation is increasingly criticized by human rights organizations, who point out random detentions, disappearances, and torture.

Finally, foreign politicians’ comments on the Alexandria events and Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt are discussed and Egyptian diverse reactions to that are named.

 

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37. Justice Served

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37. Justice Served
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January 20, 2011
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Jamāl Nkrumah
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Analyzing the recent death sentence of the man who killed six worshippers outside a Coptic church in Naj‘ Hammādī on Christmas last year, journalist Gamal Nkrumah discusses diverse opinions on the court’s verdict and on Muslim-Christian relations in general.

Copts reacted with satisfaction and relief to Hammām al-Kamūnī’s death sentence, which they view as a precedent that puts an end to the previous tradition of declaring murderers of Copts as being insane or mentally unstable.

Samīr Marqus, chairman of the board of trustees of Al-Misrī Foundation for Citizenship, emphasized Muslim expressions of solidarity with Copts in the aftermath of the Alexandria attacks. He expressed his confidence in improving Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt, provided that the educational system, which still pictures Copts in a very negative way, was reformed.

Former deputy president of the National Council for Human Rights, Ahmad Kamāl ‘Abd al-Majd, calls for a Higher Council for National Unity to deal with Christian-Muslim matters – a suggestion that receives broad support by the Coptic community.

A more critical outlook is given by Nabīl ‘Abd al-Fattāh of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, who criticizes the interference by media, politicians, and human rights activists in inter-religious matters and confessional conflicts, sayiong this only dramatizes and thus worsens the situation.

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33. Digital Tolerance

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33. Digital Tolerance
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January 13, 2011
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In the hours immediately following the recent church attack in Alexandria, Muslims and Christians began accusing each other on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites. However, within days those same sites became outlets to show solidarity with the victims.

This article reports that a new online initiative has been launched called "Share in Doing Good."

Its main goals are to promote tolerance and reduce verbal violence on the Internet. Its first target is to convince two million people to make their profile pictures the logo of the campaign.

The campaign also aims to promote online gatherings and reinforce patriotism among youth in order to achieve national unity.

The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Azhar welcome the idea and offer their help. More than 100,000 people have already joined the Facebook group, according to the article.

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32. The Search for Evidence

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32. The Search for Evidence
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January 13, 2011
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Muhammad ‘Abd al-Bakī
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This article reports that the perpetrators of the recent attack on the "Two Saints Church" in Alexandria are still unknown, despite rigorous investigations. The article notes that the nature of the explosion made it difficult to pull uncontaminated evidence from the scene of the crime.

Meanwhile, life in the vicinity of the attack is returning to normal. The street in front of the church is now open to the public and surveillance cameras are set to be installed at the area's churches.

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31. A Momentous Mass

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31. A Momentous Mass
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January 13, 2011
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Jamāl Nktumah
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The attack at the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter was a terrible crime, but the author says that things could have been worse if the subsequent Christmas mass had been ruined.

On the contrary, Muslims and Christians managed to stand together as one people after the attack, according to the author. He says that security did a great job surrounding churches on Coptic Christmas, but that this is not enough. Nktumah says that national salvation lies in a reconciliatory religious discourse and in a more accomodating attitude.

Terrorism has changed the dynamics of political security in Egypt. And it pushes Christians and Muslims to join together in order to defeat it. The big unknown is whether those responsible for the attack have constructed secret facilities to commit their crimes, the author says.

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30. EU and Vatican Criticized

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30. EU and Vatican Criticized
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January 13, 2011
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Jamāl al-Dīn
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This article reports that the recent attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria is being used by many in the European Union to exemplify repression of Christians in Egypt, while the attack was, in reality, against Muslims and Christians alike.

That is why, the article says, the European Union should exercise restraint before publishing these false statements. MPs also accused Pope Benedict XVI for his statements on the protection of Coptic Christians. They say that his words reflect "the spirit of the Crusades."

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77. Hope it was a Job from Outside (Arab press)

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77. Hope it was a Job from Outside (Arab press)
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January 6, 2011
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The attack at the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria was not only a shock for Egyptians, but for people all over the world. According to this media review piece found in Al-Ahram Weekly, the danger is not just for Egypt, but for all the Arab world.

The article claims that Egyptians shoud not merely blame external forces for the terror act, but instead should sit down with each other and take an honest look at themselves.

Many Arab newspapers hope that al-Qā‘idah is responsible, since this would mean that Egypt is domestically secure. Others, in contrast, do not exclude an internal involvement.

The attack has even been described by some as an attack on Egypt's national unity and religious diversity.

Finally, others believe that the only target of the attack was Christians, and that the call for their protection should be rejected, as it interferes with the country's internal affairs.

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76. In this Together (Egyptian Press)

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76. In this Together (Egyptian Press)
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January 6, 2011
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According to this media review piece in Al-Ahram Weekly, most Egyptian newspapers agree that the aim of the recent church attack in Alexandria was to target national unity. They also disagree that efforts to confront terrorism should expand, with the cooperation of all Arab states.

Meanwhile, clashes that erupted after the bombing have been defined as a catastrophe that threatens national security.

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75. Hope of a Silver Lining

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75. Hope of a Silver Lining
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January 6, 2011
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Samīr Subhī
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The article quotes philosopher Zakī Najīb Mahmūd, who used to say that you cannot judge something unless you are capable to grasp the meaning of the object to judge. The writer wishes he could do this with the recent church attack in Alexandria.

This cruel act has shaken Egyptians to their roots, where he says that hope resides. The grief is unbearable, and the only way to ride over it, according to the author, is to find hope amid the rubble of despair. People cannot allow despair to break their spirits: this is the way humanity manages to advance. 

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