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After the controversial remarks by Egyptian actress Ḥanān Turk that Christians are dhimmīs, a Coptic woman, Dr. Marīyam Ḥannā, sent a question to Shaykh Dr. Muṣṭafā Rāshid, professor of Islamic Sharīʿah, asking for his opinion if Christians can assume presidency in an Islamic country.
Egyptian poetess and novelist Fātimah Nāʾūt criticized Egyptian actress Ḥanān Turk for her remarks in which she described Copts in Egypt as dhimmīs, saying that the term ‘dhimmī’ can no longer be used to describe non-Muslims under civil laws applied in modern Egypt.
Dr. Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib, Shaykh of al-Azhar, ruled on the issue of dhimmīs and Copts’ tribute payments, after he affirmed that this term is unpalatable now. 
Islam criminalizes attacks on churches and non-Muslim houses of worship as Islamists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of Salafī parties, volunteered to protect churches during the New Year celebrations. [Dīyā' Abū al-Safā, Akhbār al-Yawm, p. 7, Jan. 1]
Muhammad `Ali lifted all the dhimmi laws restricting the freedoms of Copts, allowed for church bells to be rung, new churches to be built, and old churches to be repaired. He promoted Copts in the civil service, and based his selection of high-level government officials solely on qualifications,...
Under the auspices of Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and the Holy See of St. Mark, the first symposium for researches and students interested in Coptic studies will be launched today and will end on March 19.
On February 1st, Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, published an article titled, “Egypt: The Gross Insecurity of the Dhimmī,” for Assist News Service (ANS), an online publication based out of California. Her goal in the article is to advocate for the...
Shaykh Hamdī ‘Abd al-Fattāh is a unique personality in Egypt. Little known outside of his home region of Maghagha in Upper Egypt, he is a candidate for parliament running under the banner of the Salafi Nour Party. In and of itself, there is nothing unusual here – the Nour Party has searched for and...
Text presented for the European-Arab Dialogue Conference at Crete, April 14-16, 2011. In the past 50 years millions of migrants from southern Mediterranean countries have entered Europe. Of course Europe has witnessed migration gulfs earlier but this one was the first with so many people coming...
The author begins her piece by referring positively to an Italian priest who has permitted Muslims to hold Friday prayers in a section of his church, justifying this by saying he seeks to strengthen relations between the religions. She then compares this with what she calls the "unjust, stubborn...
Du‘ā’ talks about the mixed reactions amongst the ecclesial society regarding the annual report issued by the United States Department of State. The report heavily criticized religious freedom in Egypt because of the government’s alleged discrimination against Christians and Bahā’īs. The report was...
    Over the last several weeks, controversial remarks by Bishop Bīshūy of Damietta and Islamic thinker Dr. Salīm al-‘Awwā have filled the pages of the Egyptian newspapers. AWR Chief Editor Cornelis Hulsman provides a recap of the events....  
The Religious Liberty Group of the World Evangelical Alliance has written a report on the escalation of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. Hulsman quotes from the report and adds his own comments.
The article looks at different Arab Christian communities in the Middle East and analyses how radical Islam has affected the Arab Christian minorities in the Arab world.
U.S. Ambassador David Welch declared that the United States supports the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies as well as five other civil society groups working in the fields of human rights, freedom, and development in Egypt.
Pope Shenouda III said it is natural for a President to belong to the religion of the majority, and it would be rather a “joke” should a Copt run for President. He added that expatriate Copts form no political party and a few of them are extremists.
For three consecutive issues, Rose al-Youssef devoted a special file for comments on the Egyptian identity under a general title ?Egypt is First and Before All.? Part of the file is three interviews with poet and writer Ahmed Abdel-Mo’ti Hegazi. Among his comments on the effects of Arab nationalism...
Critique on Jewish scholar Dr. Bat Ye’or’s article about Jihad.
Majdī Khalīl highlights the absolute importance of the concept of citizenship for Copts, believing that Copts should focus their attention on having their citizenship rights granted to them. He poses a number of suggestions on how to activate the Copts’ role in the Egyptian socio-political spectrum...
Sāmih Fawzī denounces the increasing religious influence on Egyptian society, and calls for clear constitutional texts that prohibit religious influence on public institutions.

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