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The "Copts' Right to Divorce" society has expressed its optimism that a civil law on personal affairs for Copts will be passed, given the appointment of Jamāl As‘ad to the People's Assembly. A prominent figure in the society who asked not to be identified said that As‘ad is known for his opposition...
With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, says Ahmad, the question arises as to whether Copts themselves have decided to stay out of politics or whether they were forced to do so by the state. Secular leader Kamāl Zākhir says that Coptic reluctance to participate in the elections goes back...
The Church has banned all bishops and priests from speaking to the media throughout this week in fear of accidently causing fitnah. An ecclesial source says the pope’s recent apology to the Egyptian people is the first of its kind, which shows how much he values Islam and Muslims. Secular Coptic...
As‘ad compares Bīshūy’s comments about Egypt being originally Coptic to Zionism, and his comments about the Qur'ān’s distortion to the American Pastor’s mass Qur'ān burning. He says that Bīshūy’s comments are not only offensive to Muslims, but to anyone who believes in freedom of religious belief....
During a lecture in Faiyum, Bishop Bīshūy denied making offensive comments about the Qur'ān and expressed his support of the Islamic Research Academy’s call to ban defaming religions. Protestant leader, Jamāl As‘ad, says he considers Bīshūy’s latest comments a “convincing” apology, yet urges him to...
A campaign improving Bīshūy’s public image started yesterday with a television program presented by Bishop Armiyā on the Church’s Aghābī Satellite Channel. The program received phone calls from various Bishops all claiming Bīshūy to be misquoted and that he meant no disrespect to the Qur'ān. Kamāl...
The secular Copts front in Egypt made fierce attacks on Bishop Bīshūy for the offensive comments he made on Islam and the Qur'ān. Leader Kamāl Zākhir demanded that the bishop undergo an ecclesiastical trial and be returned to the monastery. Jamāl As‘ad says that, because the comments were made in...
The article asks religious figures and thinkers who might be behind the demonstrations against Pope Shenouda III and whether it is a coincidence that these demonstrations are happening right before the parliamentary elections. Mukhtār Nūh blamed chaos, Kamāl Habīb blamed Salafīs and Shaykh Usāmah...
Various Coptic thinkers expressed their support for the joint statement issued yesterday by the Church and the Azhar. The statement opposes Fitnah Al-Tā’ifīyah and stresses the importance of national unity. Kamāl Zākhir Mūsá said the statement envisions both organizations returning to their...
Coptic thinker Dr. Rafik Habeeb says the reason the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar isn't as influential with Muslims as Pope Shenouda III is with Copts is that unlike the Al-Azhar, the Church is financially and administratively independent of state. The Church's strength also draws from the fact that it...

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