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Salafīs have refused to implement the decision of the Ministry of Endowments which prohibits preaching of those who are not imāms.
In accordance with article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution of 1923, Islam is the religion of the State and Arabic is its official language. The principles of Islamic Sharia are the main source of legislation. For nearly a century, the drafters of the Egyptian constitution persisted in giving the...
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...
Doctor Muḥammad Shawqī ʿAllām, Egypt’s Grand Mufti of Egypt, has attempted to define the dividing lines in the integrative relationship between religion and the state. In his speech, delivered at a symposium held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Grand Mufti defined the ways in which the Egyptian...
Media presenter and physician Dr. Khālid Muntaṣir said that his new TV program “Yatafakkarūn - contemplative thought aims to respond to an important issue that surges when we, Muslims, find ourselves at odds with “modernity”. He points out that modernity has rules, among them the separation between...
Researcher Islām Biḥayrī described discussions about reconciliation with the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood as “the crisis of all crises,” from which Egypt and the surrounding region would not recover again. In a long interview with al-Dustūr, Biḥayrī said: the Brotherhood got a proper chance to...
The banned Egyptian preacher of al-Sayeda Nafīsa Mosque in Cairo, 'Abdallah Roshdi wrote on his social networking facebook account: “Secular thought seeks to exclude the religion [of Islam] from the State's legislation.” 
Muḥammad Ḥabīb was born in 1943 and holds the position of  First Deputy for the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Ḥabīb is part of the older generation of the Muslim Brotherhood. This older generation is usually considered to be very cautious about cooperating with the state. They...
Jamāl al-Bannā was born in 1920 in al-Mahmūdiyyah in al-Bihīrah governorate, Egypt. His elder brother was al-Imām Ḥasan al-Bannā, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite being the brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Bannā pursued quite different interests. al-Bannā...
The Muslim Brotherhood set Egyptian politics ablaze with their decision to nominate their chief financier, Khairat al-Shātir, for the presidency. All political groups recognize the right of the group to do so but many have criticized them harshly, recalling their promise from early in the...
Arab-West Report, April 1, 2011Title: Interview with Ibrāhīm al-Huḍaybī (former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and political activist) about the current situation in Egypt Authors: Drs. Cornelis Hulsman, Arndt Emmerich and Judit Kuschnitzki Introduction of Ibrāhīm  al-Huḍaybī: I am Ibrāhīm al-...
On a Youtube film released on March 28 one sees salafī leader Muhammad Hasān preaching against liberalism which, according to him is anti-Islam. This is a leader who prior to the revolution was unknown to most Egyptians. He was serving in prison for his aggressive speech and was released when the...
Rānyā Badawī interviews Dr. ‘Abd al-Sabūr Shāhīn on his opinion regarding religious, social, and political issues in Egypt.
The various members of Turkey’s political scene are still fiercely debating the issue of the ban on headscarves in public institutions. Recently the high court ruled that the constitutional amendment that was passed in February allowing women to wear the headscarves in universities is null. The...
A book entitled, ’Al-Hub wa-al-Jins fī-Hayāt al-Nabī’ [Love and Sex in the Prophet’s Life] has caused outrage after it was circulated at the Cairo International Book fair last month.
The issue of Muslims who are recruited into foreign armies and their participation in the wars taking place in Muslim countries is under discussion by the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy.
The article talks about the current contest between Islamists and secularists of Turkey over a recent constitutional amendment that has aimed at the removal of the ban on wearing the hijāb in universities.
The article reports on the bitterly-contested conflict between the government and secular opposition powers in Turkey over a recent constitutional amendment to end the ban on wearing the hijāb in universities.
Swedish cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad arouse wide protests in the Muslim countries. Muslims worldwide protest the cartoons, the newspaper, and the artist. Some Muslim countries prepared official complaints to the Swedish government and the Egyptian press observed Muslim scholars’ opinions...

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