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Muslim intellectual Sayyed Al-Qimni believes that considering Islam as the official religion of the State implies the existence of other informal religions, a situation which signifies the exclusion from all citizenship rights of holders of other religions. Whenever a sectarian problem arises,...
The article is based on two interviews with Dr. Tareq Mitri, a Lebanese professor and the head of the Islamic-Christian dialogue section at the World Council of Churches [and member of the Board of Advisors of AWR] and Coptic researcher Samir Marcos, counselor of inter-civilizational dialogue...
At this juncture in Egyptian history, it would be tragic if a Muslim citizen looks upon Christian Coptic citizens as Dhimmīs. But, for Copts to view themselves in this demeaning manner is a tragedy beyond comprehension.
A previous article tackled the issue of sectarian rifts. It highlighted the fact that it has been a losing battle. But their producers never give in, though they know their product is not selling.
This equality and tolerance shown by Islam is because Islam believes that all human beings are of one origin. Human rights in Islam are based on two points: equality, and the fact that human beings share one common origin. Everyone is equal before God; their good deeds make the difference. Many...
All followers of other religions were treated with tolerance under Islam since the era of the Rashidun [Orthodox] Caliphs. Islam did not neglect the followers of other religions and the Islamic civilization did not distinguish between a Muslim and a non-Muslim. Jews enjoyed all rights and...
The book al-Mowarana il Awlama: al-A qbat fi Alam Motaghayer (Citizenship and Globalisation: Copts in a Changing World) by Hany Labib, published by Dar al-Shorouq in 2004 in Arabic, tackles the relationship between Copts and their homeland, in the era of globalisation. Within the context of present...
In spite of the large presence at the discussion of the dissertation of Dr. Nabil Luqa Bebawi on the “Rights and duties of non-Muslims in Islamic states, the mufti Dr. Ali Goma’a missed an important point. Dr. Bebawi said that jizya was not imposed on all non-Muslims in all times, confirming that...
For the first time in the history of Egypt, a Coptic thinker, Dr. Nabil Luqa Bebawi, has obtained a doctoral degree in Islamic Shari’a. The topic of his dissertation was “The rights and duties of non-Muslims in an Islamic state.” He said he chose this topic because Islam as revealed through the...
Egypt’s Copts reject to be called “Ahl Al-Dhimma” and “Al-Nasara” [Nazarenes] and their favorite term is “Copts” which means “Egyptians” in old hieroglyphic language. Few days ago, a book titled “Al-Muwatana wa Al-Awlama…Al-Aqbat fi Asr Mutagheir” [Citizenship and Globalization…Copts in a...
The author believes that religious discourse is one of the main things that can provide support for democratic development. He focuses his argument on the Christian religious discourse.
Jizya is an issue that needs to be discussed and decided upon by religious scholars once and for all. It is unbelievable in this day and age that some people still advocate taking Jizya from non-Muslims and humiliating them in the process. Fortunately, some prominent scholars have taken the...
The article is an interview with Samir Marcos, a [Coptic] social researcher and political thinker. Marcos present his views on a number of important issues such as renewal of the religious discourse, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the establishment of religious political parties.
The article is an interview with Dr. Ali Al-Samman, the Deputy of the Permanent Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Issues discussed in the interview include inter-religious dialogue, acts of violence, extremism, the relation between the Arab World and the West.
Chirac sees that his country has five million Muslims trying to congregate to remain in isolation and reject France’s culture. What Chirac wants, as he read in his statement, is to “prevent [groups from] clinging onto their affiliation to [their] groups that might threaten the society by [these...
I had decided not to deal with the incidents that followed the disappearance of Wafā’ Costantine, the matter that aroused sectarian strife in Egypt. Yet I found that despite many analyses and discussions on the topic, people are still convinced that there is no sectarian strife and extremism...
The initiative of the Brotherhood reveals a deficiency in the way the Brotherhood understands democracy. There is a more obvious deficiency in the way it understands scientific knowledge which we should seek its means under the fundamentals of this true religion [according to the Brotherhood’s...
Copts in Egypt must arise and shed the apathy that plagues so many of them and become part of political reform process that will eventually improve their lives. A Copt should run for presidency. Winning or losing the early elections is not the issue. Meeting the challenge to become active...
There is need to search for a suitable Coptic candidate to compete with the incumbent Egyptian president, not because it was a right for the Copts guaranteed by the constitution, but because the key objective of the competition is to expand the democratic practices to be genuine in the future.
We will not settle for the Fayyoum girls, expatriate Copts war A website of the so-called American Middle Eastern Christian Association (AMCA) has cast doubts over Islam and Muslims as well as the Qur’ān. It brings good tidings to its followers and relates the success of their endeavors to bring...

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