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A new political party called Karama is launched. Among the 160 founding members of Karama are 20 women and eight Christians.
Egyptian authorities launched an unprecedented crackdown against Brotherhood activists in the professional syndicates on October 14, ending a four-year unofficial truce the state had maintained with some of the organization’s more prominent and dynamic members.
Following one of the fiercest gun battles between Islamic militants and the police since November 1997, the Ministry of Interior announced on September 7, that its troops had shot and killed four suspected militants in their hideout on the outskirts of Giza.
It is not easy to defy the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III - and get away with it - as the family of one dead clergyman has learned. No one - including some of the pope’s most reliable allies - had anticipated the kind of revenge Pope Shenouda had arranged for...
Some 200 Egyptian journalists staged a sit-in at the headquarters of their syndicate on August 21, to protest the imprisonment of three of their colleagues and call for the abrogation of laws they said stifle press freedom and inhibit free speech.
Declaring oneself a prophet is not allowed in a Muslim country. Ali Said Mohammed was detained. Muhammad was the second "false prophet" arrested in Egypt in less than one year. In April 1998, Egyptian authorities detained Bahaa Eddin Ahmed and 29 suspected members his cult.
Iranian radicals painted a mural of Khaled Islambouli, the officer who killed Sadat during the military parade on October 6, 1981. Egyptians are not pleased.
In a blow to the sheikh of Al-Azhar’s quest for religious supremacy, a Cairo court on May 9 reversed the banning of the conservative Al Azhar Scholar’s Front (ASF), that has been the bane of Sheikh Muhammed Sayyed Tantawi’s career.
This trial is the biggest trial of suspected Islamic militants since those that followed the assassination of the late President Anwar Al-Sadat.
Egypt’s state theologian, Mufti Nasr Farid Wasel on April 17, denied reports that he had issued a fatwa (religious opinion) saying that it was haram (forbidden) under Islam for actresses and belly dancers to perform the hajj (Muslim pilgrimage).


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