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I’ve been in Egypt for about six weeks, but I mostly stayed in Cairo and Maadi. The capital city is incredibly vast lively and diverse, but I didn’t fall in love with the country. Too dusty, maybe. Harassment probably did not help as well. I have been in countries where being a young white foreign...
Editor AWR: The Center for Arab-West Understanding had invited Prof. Dr. Ḥassan M. Wajīh Ḥassan to provide a response to a lecture of H.E. Lord George Carey on July 13, 2018. Dr. Wajīh suffered of pain in his spine and was unable to come and for that reason wrote a “response” to a lecture that he...
[Reviewer’s Note: Article II of the Egyptian Constitution reads, “Islam is the official religion of the state, Arabic its official language and the principles of Islamic sharī’ah are the main source of legislation”. Salafists seek removing the word ‘principles’ or replacing it with the word ‘...
The crisis over the drafting of Article II of the Constitution continued after representatives of the salafī camp insisted on the addition of the phrase “legislators shall enact laws based on the sources of the four Islamic madhāhib (doctrines)” as precondition for keeping the phrase “principles of...
In a maiden speech after he was officially announced president, Mursī called on Egyptians to stand together hand in hand for a comprehensive Egyptian renaissance, adding Egyptians will together confront conspiracies targeting the nation’s national unity and social coherence. “I am bent with you by...
General Shafīq, who lost the presidential race to Mursī, sent a congratulatory cable addressing Mursī as Mr. President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, wishing him success in the “tough mission given to you by the great people of Egypt”. [Ahmad ‘Adlī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, June 25, p. 3] Read original...
Coptic business magnate Najīb Sawirus congratulated elected president Mursī over his win in a free election but criticized his campaign for announcing his victory in advance ahead of the official announcement by the High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC). “Dr. Mursī is now facing two tough...
Dr. Ahmad ‘Abd al-‘Ātī, the coordinator of Mursī’s election campaign, said the new president has resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood group and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) to become president of all Egyptians. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, June 25, p. 3] Read original...
Dr. Safwat al-Bayādī, the head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, said he wishes success for Dr. Mursī and pins high hopes on him to achieve Egyptians’ ambitions for equality, freedom and social justice. Bayādī called on all churches in Egypt to pray for the new president after he won the first free...
Acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius said in a cable to Mursī that the results of the presidential election were expressive of the Egyptian people’s will about consolidating an aspired democracy. He said that he expects Mursī to maintain the civil nature of an Egyptian...
Father Rafīq Greish, the media spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, called on Mursī to pass the unified law on construction of houses of worship and the law on personal status affairs for non-Muslims and eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex or religion. Lawyer Najīb Jabrā’īl, Chairman...
In recent years, following the disbandment of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Brotherhood militias have split into various hostile groups and have merged into the core of Dāʿish. 
Dr. Suheir Abdel Azīm [Suhayr ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm] has recently published a book al-Musīqa fī al-Islām (Music in Islam), which deals with the relationship between aesthetic and moral values of music in Islam. In her book, Dr. Suhayr ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm describes how music and singing is deeply rooted in Islam...
MP of Egypt’s House of Representatives Khālid Mashhūr, praised the campaign with the theme ‘Āshirāhunna bi-l-m’arūf’ (and live with them [women] honorably) launched by al-Azhar. He said that the campaign was a shift in al-Azhar’s role, which is no longer limited to performing call within the...
The Egyptian Dār al-Iftāʾs observatory for monitoring infidelizing fatwas warned that the terrorist organization ISIL, Arabic Dāʿish, is clustering smaller terror cells and spread them out into several countries around the world, taking   advantage of the fragmentation and disintegration of the...
In a statement on the “Sawt Al-Salaf” or the “Voice of Salaf” video footage, Dr. Yāsir Burhāmī issued a religious edict (fatwá) saying that ”Muslims who oppose the Sharī’ah-based Constitution are hypocrites, even if they fast and pray according to Islamic rules and consider themselves Muslims”.  ...
The Moroccan component and its place in the make-up of both rural and urban Egypt is a story which deserves to be told, for it is a subject which has remained unknown for a long time in Egypt. Despite the fact that many remain unaware of the presence of Moroccans in Egypt, this minority has in fact...
Furthermore, nine parties from inside and outside parliament as well as four independents are in the assembly, where the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) took the majority of the constitution panel. The assembly includes 25 FJP members, 11 from al-Nūr Party, three from al-Wafd, two from the Egyptian...
Furthermore, nine parties from inside and outside parliament as well as four independents are in the assembly, where the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) took the majority of the constitution panel. The assembly includes 25 FJP members, 11 from al-Nūr Party, three from al-Wafd, two from the Egyptian...
Furthermore, nine parties from inside and outside parliament as well as four independents are in the assembly, where the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) took the majority of the constitution panel. The assembly includes 25 FJP members, 11 from al-Nūr Party, three from al-Wafd, two from the Egyptian...

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