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Shaymā’ ‘Abd al-Laṭīf interviewed Dr. Muṣṭafá al-Shak‘ah, member of the Islamic Research Academy, on Islamic-related issues such as his opinion on the recent controversial Fatwás, the role of the academy in censoring books, and the recent calls to purify religious books from weak Ḥadīths.
The conference on "The freedom of expression of public opinion" started yesterday in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Participants in the conference will discuss a number of research papers about the freedom of expression, publishing rights, and censorship on public opinion and future challenges facing...
A book published ten years ago has triggered a recent uproar. The book ?Mas?ouleyit fashal al-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fil asr al-H...
The report released by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom is considered by the Egyptian press to be one of the most critical reports by an American organization because it represents serious interference in Egyptian domestic affairs, especially in terms of education. Journalists...
Signs of a new crisis have jumped to the front of the cultural arena in Egypt and have revived the scenario of confrontation between the Azhar institutions and liberal intellectuals. The most bizarre incident is the banning of Nawal Al-Sa'adawi's "Soqout Al-Imam" [The Fall of the Imam] that was...
The new law that gives the authority of judicial seizure to the Azhar triggered much fear that it will promote the authority of the Azhar and threaten freedom of expression. The Minister of Justice, Farouq Seif al-Nasr, said that the decision is not targeted at literary books, and such books would...
The increasing phenomenon of Fatwás being issued by “satellite Shaykhs” is discussed. The author questions who has the authority to control these Fatwás, and why they issue is not being focused on.
Article two of the Egyptian Constitution is not subject to the proposed constitutional amendments. It is, however, the main subject of heated arguments and discussions in Egyptian society. A debate was held at The American University in Cairo [AUC] about the proposed amendments.
The medical tests that Shaykh of the Azhar Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī is undergoing in Saudi Arabia raised the ambitions of several Shaykhs to assume the dignified and highly respectable office of Shaykh of the Azhar.
After a long-standing ban, stretching almost half a century, the controversial ’Awlād Hāritnā’ by Najīb Mahf?z has been published in Egypt.

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