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Magdy Hussein, editor-in-chief of Al-Shaab, has now been sentenced to two years in prison for libel. The sentence is the result of the campaign of Al-Shaab of over a year against Youssef Wali, Minister of Agriculture. Hulsman describes Hussein’s views on Islam.
An Islamist newspaper on Tuesday denounced Egypt’s plans for a spectacular New Year millennium celebration as part of a Zionist plot to lay claim to the pyramids.
Although Father George Qanawati has been widely celebrated, works on him as an intellectual, thinker and a philosopher have been too scarce. This is exactly what has prompted us to review Hani Labeeb’s documentary book on Father George Qanawati...
Since the setback of June 1967, the Al-Ahram paper has lost its credibility in covering Egypt’s internal affairs. 760 repentant Muslim extremists were released but stories of torture committed by police to extract confessions are frequently coming back.
The American Zionists conspiracies in the last two decades wanted to mislead the Copts. To weaken their traditional relations with Muslims they have used disloyal Coptic Organizations that work from abroad and co-operate with some Westernized people in Egypt.
The issue Al-Osboa explored in the last few days about the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights has several consequences. One of them is related to the issue of foreign funding. Another one is related to their activities and efforts in the field of defending human rights.
Police arrested in the past two days a new group of people in Kafr Al-Sheikh and Ismailia and accused them of joining the Muslim Brothers.
In a positive reaction to the Gama’at al-Islamiya’s decision a year ago to stop violence, the Ministry of Interior released last Monday the largest number of detainees this year.
The writer believes that although Copts are a minority, they are not necessarily persecuted.
Background: Ṣaīdā, Samīra and Hind are Dutch students, studying Arabic at Leiden University in the Netherlands. All three are originally from Morocco and are now on exchange in Egypt. They share their experiences of living in Egypt and compare it to their Arab heritage. Furthermore, Majdī Ḥussaīn,...
Background: In May 1996, al-Sha‘b newspaper published a highly controversial article on how Muḥammad became Michael featuring the story of a Muslim who converted to Christianity by Dr. Muḥammad ʿAbbās, a prominent Egyptian author. The article allegedly accused the Christian community in Egypt of...
Background: Following the assassination attempt on President Muḥammad Ḥusnī Mubārak in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June of 1995, the government launched a massive campaign of clamping down on Muslim Brotherhood members. Cornelis Hulsman along with Sunnī Khālid (NPR) sat down with Egyptian Islamist and...
In an unprecedented event throughout the history of The Netherlands a far-right party will propose blocking ministerial appointments of two Muslim ministers on the ground of holding dual citizenship, in the parliament during the presentation of new Dutch government’s work program.
As President Mubārak called for the Constitutional amendments, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group attacked them as they mainly aim at preventing political Islamic groups come to power. On the other hand, the media have praised the amendments, showing the dangers of the Brotherhood to both...
The president of the Labor Party dismissed Magdi Hussein, the editor-in-chief of the now closed al-Sha‘b paper, and other 10 members from the Party. The dismissed members represent the Islamic trend in the Party. The Muslim Brotherhood refused describing Shukri’s decision as a change in the...
The frozen Labour party challenged the administrative procedures used to freeze it and presented a list of 19 candidates for the next parliamentary elections, while a group of law activists called for the resumption of the party’s activities.
The current crisis of the frozen opposition party, al-Amal (Labour), entered a new stage after the revocation, by the administrative supreme court, of the ban imposed by the parliamentary committee of parties. There is a high expectation of a revival of the same party.
The consultative council (Shūrá) in the Egyptian parliament decided, on July 24, to freeze the Islamic opposition Labour Party. It filed an urgent case before the Administrative Supreme Court to dissolve the Labour Party, and to see whether the criminal charges, reported against 55 of the...
The three weekly publications ran simultaneous interviews with the Sheikh of the Azhar, Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, who was angry about the accusation of being away during the strongest ever controversy in the Egyptian society, which was about the novel "A Banquet for seaweed."
A demonstration against attacking Afghanistan erupted in the Azhar mosque after Friday prayers. The demonstrators were led by some parliamentary members and members of Islamic and leftist parties. They were shouting against attacking innocent Afghan people and asked for the same way of fighting...
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