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The depiction of prophets in Islam: a controversy generated every time a film production wants to screen their biographies.  The debate was raised again, yesterday, following the statements of Dr. Jābir `Aṣfūr, Egypt's former Minister of Culture, claiming that "Al-Azhar has no right to reject films...
Mahmūd Lūṭfi ʿAmer, a former Salafi Preacher, explained that his fatwa for the demolition of the Conservatory had been misunderstood and put out of context.
Background: Yūsuf Shāhīn, born on (25.1.1926–27.7.2008), was a prominent Coptic Christian film director and was active in the Egyptian film industry from the 1950s until his death on July 27, 2008. He is best known for controversial themes present in his movies and the legal issues he had regarding...
The personal life of some famous reciters.
The author discusses nude art and how this issue has been handled by the arts faculty at Cairo University. She tells the story of a girl who drew her friend nude and presented it as her graduation project.
Fine arts raise good taste, Shaykh Muhammad Abdou, the former Egyptian muftī said. They are not sinful, but useful. The writer says at the beginning of the 20th century Muslims in Egypt and Arab world were able to practice all arts with freedom.
‘Izz al-Dīn Najīb responds to a column by Safa Nāz Kāzim in which she attacked him for being against the visit of the mufti to the Faculty of Fine Arts. Secondly, he argues against the religious prohibition on the picturing of humans.
The author deals in his full-page article with the reaction by an Islamic writer about the fatwa of Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘a, the muftī, considering statues harām, and how this writer strongly supported the fatwa from an aesthetic point of view, although she is not an art specialist.
The author says that the return of Muslim actresses who retired and have put on the hijāb to acting has sparked controversy on the religious legitimacy of acting while wearing the Muslim headscarf. Two camps of Islamic thinkers differ on the issue.
The author investigates the rampant ultra- religious current and the niqāb phenomenon inside the Fine Arts College in Egypt, starting his 11- page news feature with a photo depicting several female students wearing the niqāb inside the college with a caption reading "this is a photo of...
The author argues that political and cultural imbalances are behind the problems Egypt is facing, criticizing the language of dialogue between deputies in parliament and the failure to agree, from a national perspective, on a decision to end the state of emergency, in effect since 1981.
The author of the article comments on the fatwa deeming sculpture works harām.
The dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts is interviewed about how the fatwa deeming drawings and sculpture harām has impacted on the students at the faculty.
The muftī of Egypt has issued a controversial fatwa that prohibits the acquisition of sculptures. His fatwas contradict with Egyptian laws and international conventions signed by Egypt.
The author addresses some contradictions in Egyptian society, in particular the situation whereby people prohibit sculptures, but at the same time consider shrines holy places.
Some people consider themselves as da‘iyas, although they are neither scholars of Qur’ān and Hadīth nor graduates of the Azhar. Such people are also being hosted on religion programs, on which they spread strange fatwas.
The article deals with an incident in which a woman wearing a niqāb smashed a number of great works by a fine sculptor after a recent fatwa from the muftī saying that statues are not acceptable from a Muslim point of view.
The article deals in a nutshell with the history of the Egyptian School of Arts and the successful experiment that astonished foreign experts who were the early directors of this old institution.
The article explores the opinions of graduates from the College of Fine Arts, who later became prominent figures in Egypt, on the ordeal the faculty is going through and the growing number of people believing that art is harām.


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