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National unity and coexistence are terms often employed by public figures and politicians to remind Egyptians that Muslims and Christians are united under the banner of the Egyptian state. However, in spite of this sporadic outbreaks of tensions between Muslims and Christians still occur. This...
A passage in a legal textbook for Cairo university students that states that Muslims cannot leave money in their wills for the construction of churches has caused controversy in Egypt. The Coptic lawyer submitted a question to Dār al-iftā’ on the issue but even the fatwá that was issued in response...
On October 18, Egyptian newspapers were full of reports about rumors of the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s resignation. However by the following day Mahdī ‘Ākif has renounced the allegations as baseless lies and stated that he would remain as the head of the group until the scheduled elections in...
There are a number of fascinating articles in this issue of AWR that reflect the diverse nature of the various currents in Egyptian society and the debates that have gripped the nation over the past week.
As we enter the last month of 2009 there are a number of stories in the press that seem to highlight tensions between the Middle East and the West. One such article that editorial focuses on is a story published in an American newspaper on the case of the Christian convert Māhir al-Jawharī.
The editorial covers a number of prominent articles that appear in this week’s issue. Firstly the issue of a report by Christian Solidarity International about Coptic women is discussed. The report has proved controversial and some Egyptian clergymen have responded negatively to the report....
The news of an alleged Evangelical plan to convert Egyptian Orthodox Copts to Protestantism has alarmed Coptic Church leaders. Bishop Bīshūy has announced that he has a CD with details of the plan but the Evangelical church has refuted the allegations and denied that such a plan exists.
As technology progresses and we move further into the digital age newspapers will have to strive to ensure that they are able to provide fresh news analysis to its readers. This editorial looks at how the media is increasingly reporting on sectarian tensions and the role that it could take by...
The niqāb is coming under debate yet again in both the West and in Egypt. France is considering a law to ban the niqāb, while in the Netherlands the mayor of Amsterdam is planning to cut benefits for women who refuse to remove the niqāb for jobs.
The editorial highlights articles in this issue that tackle Muslim-Christian disputes in Egypt and the reconciliation sessions that follow them.
Ever since the draft law for unified houses of worship was submitted to the People’s Assembly in 2005 Christians, human rights activists and politicians have hoped that it would lead to an effectuation of the law and end to the problems that arise due to church building. However the draft law has...
The joint heads of the Interfaith Mediation Center Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa recently visited Egypt and AWR’s office in Cairo. During their visit Wuye and Ashafa spoke about their center and conflict resolution techniques. Article full text: Introduction Twenty years ago Imam...
A number of revenge conflict stories have made the headlines in recent weeks. Worryingly however it seems that those involved are starting to direct their anger toward members of reconciliation committees who are trying to help solve the conflict.
Minister Zaqzūq has called on Muslims to visit the al-Aqsá mosque while for the first time ever an Israeli musician has performed in Cairo. Both events have raised fears about the normalization of relations with Israel.
A dispute in the Upper Egyptian village of al- Tayyibah back in October 2008 has recently come to a positive conclusion with 20 men presenting their shrouds to the family of the victim, the editorial looks into the background of the story and questions why this story has been a success.
On March 16 the Supreme Administrative Court passed a ruling allowing Bahā’īs to leave the religion field on their official documents blank. The ruling marks the end of a five year battle on the part of the Bahā’īs but has unfortunately been marred by sectarian events that took place against them a...
Scholars continue to debate how much emphasis should be placed on Coptic history in the Egyptian curriculum.
The case of the illegal adoption of young Egyptian children has gained prominence in the press in recent weeks. The editorial looks at the issue and analyses its consequences.
Professor Harald Suermann visited the CIDT office and delivered a lecture about Christian attitudes toward Muslims during the Umayad era. An article also reflects on a Gallup poll that states that Egypt is the most religious country in the world.
This week’s articles correspond with the date of President Barack Obama’s inauguration and a number of articles tackle the issue of U.S-Egyptian relations. This relationship has taken a more complicated turn in the past week when the Egyptian government unexpectedly released the political dissident...

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