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42. When fanaticism rules the field

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42. When fanaticism rules the field
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July 18, 2010
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Robeir al-Faris
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Fanatics lose one round; Nūr Qaldas; Watani Printing and Publishing Corporation; Cairo; June 2010

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7. Statement by the [Coptic Orthodox] Church [Patriarchate]

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7. Statement by the [Coptic Orthodox] Church [Patriarchate]
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February 20, 2011
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Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
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Diana Ghali
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On Tuesday 15 February, a commission from the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church met Pope Shenouda III, during which they issued the following statement:

“The Coptic Church salutes Egypt’s honourable young people who on 25 January 2011 led Egypt through a powerful white revolution. To that end a number of youth sacrificed their precious blood, a deed which earned them crowns of glory from the leaders, army, and entire people of Egypt. We offer our sincere condolences to their parents and families.

The Coptic Church salutes Egypt’s brave army, and endorses the declarations issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces with the objective of protecting Egypt internally and externally. We support its decision to dismantle the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council (the lower and upper houses respectively of Egypt’s Parliament), and its call for stability and security.

We believe that Egypt should be a democratic, civil state; and that members of parliament  should be elected in free, fair elections in which all sectors of the people are represented.

We support all Egypt in its battle against poverty, unemployment, corruption, in combatting anarchy and ruin, enhancing security, safety, social justice and national unity and in punishing corrupt individuals and outlaws.

The Coptic Church prays for Egypt, the land of a glorious history and ancient civilization. May the Lord keep it safe and fill its land with tranquillity, stability, security and prosperity.

(Signed)
Pope Shenouda III
Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Head of the Holy Coptic Orthodox Synod

(Reviewer's Note: This is the official translation of the statement taken from al-Watanī international website.)

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48. Prescription for a Cure

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48. Prescription for a Cure
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January 16, 2011
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Yūsuf Sidhum
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Yūsuf Sidhum provides a contextual analysis of the recent attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria.

He says that even though authorities suspect foreign involvement in the terror plot, the attack could not have been carried out unless the foreign groups in question were able to recruit the "necessary elements inside Egypt to execute it."

Sidhum then focuses primarily on what he sees as injustices against Copts on the "legislative, official, educational, and media levels," providing suggestions for each of these categories.

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8. Egypt's Anger

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8. Egypt's Anger
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January 23, 2011
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Yūsuf Sidhum
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In this editorial, Yūsuf Sidhum comments on the outpouring of anger on behalf of many Coptic Christians following the attack on a church in Alexandria that left 24 dead.

Sidhum alleges that this reaction comes not only because of the recent bombing, but as the result of a "long history of blatant discrimination against Copts."

However, the author says that "tumultuous, mobbing wrath" is not the correct response. Instead, Sidhum relays a poem written by his close friend, which is based on the Biblical verse Romans 12:19, which says, "Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath."

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67. The Coptic Museum Turns 100

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67. The Coptic Museum Turns 100
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December 26, 2010
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Georgette Sādiq and Sanā’ Fārūq
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As the Coptic Museum in Cairo turns 100 years old, this article reflects on the museum’s history, collections, and features.

It also highlights the museum’s centenary celebration, which was attended by Grand Mufti ‘Alī Jum‘ah, as well as Egyptian actor ‘Umar al-Sharīf.

In addition, the article also mentions that Egypt’s Ministry of Culture is hosting a collection of Coptic art, called Coptic Art Revealed, at the Prinze Taz Museum in al-Khalīfah, Cairo, which will run through January 31, 2011.

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66. Why Does the Middle East Like Islamist Groups?

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66. Why Does the Middle East Like Islamist Groups?
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December 26, 2010
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Barry Rubin
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Columnist Barry Rubin provides his own analysis of the recent poll by the Pew Foundation regarding Middle Eastern attitudes toward Islamist groups.

The poll claims that 30% of Egyptians support Hizb Allāh, 49% are favorable toward Hamas, and 20% think positively of al-Qā‘idah.

According to Rubin, while these numbers are “more encouraging” than those of Egypt’s neighbors, the results are still foreboding.

”Roughly speaking, one-fifth of Egyptians applaud the most extreme Islamist terrorist group, while around one-third back revolutionary Islamists abroad. This doesn’t tell us what proportion of Egyptians want an Islamist government at home, but it is an indicator,” says Rubin.

He then says these statistics reveal public support for a possible Egyptian Islamist revolution: “So overwhelming is the support for this movement, that there is nothing the West can do except ensure the current governments remain in power.”

In conclusion, Rubin says that the radical Islamists are winning in many Middle Eastern countries, and that “the West is basically asleep in recognizing that threat.”

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65. The Woes of Egypt’s Christians this Christmas

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65. The Woes of Egypt’s Christians this Christmas
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December 26, 2010
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Republished from Radio Vatican
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This article highlights an interview between Radio Vatican and Father Rafīq Greish, a spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, who speaks about the state of Egyptian Christians during the past months.

Greish discusses the ‘Umrāniyyah riots against the construction stoppage of an unlicensed church in Giza in November, as well as the effects of the al-Qā‘idah attack on a Syriac Catholic Church in October in Baghdad.

He believes that the church was targeted specifically because of the Middle East Synod held at the Vatican last month.

Regarding Egypt, Greish says that the government uses a double standard when dealing with the construction of places of worship.

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33. What God has joined let no man separate”

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What God has joined let no man separate”
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June 27, 2010
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Fr Yuhanna Fayez
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This article looks at the Egyptian Court ruling allowing re-marriage, and the Christian Church’s refusal to accept it.
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27. Fanatics in the making

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Fanatics in the making
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June 27, 2010
Author: 
Youssef Sidhum
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This article mentions the University of Asyut’s establishment of a centre for research and studies on human rights. The centre, which is directly under the charge of the university president, aims at promoting academic research in the field of human rights, propagating awareness of international, regional, and national standards of these rights, and spreading a culture of human rights on campus.

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33. Suppressing Christian Doctrine on Marriage

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Suppressing Christian Doctrine on Marriage
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July 4, 2010
Author: 
Raymond Ibrahim
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This article deals with the recent issue of the Egypt Court ruling in favor of Coptic re-marriage for specific reasons, although it is not Church approved.

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