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Background: The recording included questions regarding how Muslims should treat Jews and Christians. Dr. ʿAbd al-Muʿṭī Bayūmī,  member of the Islamic Research Academy in Egypt and a professor at Al Azhar University responded to the questions. Side B: Dr. ʿAbd al-Muʿṭī Bāyūmī talked about the idea...
 AWR obtained the original text of the Azhar documents for Freedom. Please find it below.
Drs. Hulsman and Dr. Burslem provide a detailed report on Muslim-Christian relations based on a review of Dr. Hugh Goddard’s book, commenting on a number of issues including Western perceptions, mis-interpretations, and examples of recent incidents involving Muslims and Christians.
Two truths mentioned in the Qur’an that form Islam’s stand towards other religions. First, there is an objective unity between Islam and other revealed religions. Second, the Qur’an does not mention any religion, whether revealed or not, in a negative way.
Separation of executive, judicial and legislative authorities is one of the bases of the civil state. Many people believe that this separation is the invention of Western civilization not Islamic civilization. In fact, this is not true. This separation appeared for the first time in the first...
Drs. Cornelis Hulsman writes in response to Tarek Heggy’s article entitled, ‘If I were a Copt.’ He writes from the perspective of a Muslim citizen, and stresses the issues that he believes are of significance and require attention.
The author of the article, Dr. Wā’il ‘Azīz, discusses religious freedom versus freedom of expression. He calls on Muslims to acknowledge the achievements of all Muslim scholars and intellectuals, and asserts that no one has the right to issue fatwás of Takfīr against anyone unless they publicly...
The Egyptian press exposed religious authorities’ and intellectuals’ points of view regarding the violent confrontations between the Palestinians and the Israeli forces; in his interview with al-Musawwar, the Shaykh of the Azhar condemned the Israeli trespassing of al-Aqsá mosque....
The last two years witnessed increasing Western attacks on Islam. Muslim reactions, however, in many cases Muslims violent reactions, enforced the negative image of Islam. Nevertheless, some Muslim intellectuals called for peaceful reactions through changing the violent image of Islam by showing...
Al-Sharq al-Awsat interviews Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu‘tī Bayyūmī, a member of the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy and the former deputy head of the Religious Affairs Committee at the People’s Assembly, about a number of issues, including the controversial statement of Pope Benedict on Islam and...
For the third week, Pope Benedict’s controversial remarks on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad have made headlines in Egyptian national and independent newspapers. A number of Muslim intellectuals devoted their columns to refute claims about the spread of Islam by the sword. Some Muslim scholars...
A new bill amending some of the articles of the Hamaiouni law which is concerned with building churches is allegedly being discussed.
The article discusses the possibility of establishing an Islamic stock exchange based on the laws of Islam that prohibit practices harmful to society such as usury, long-term selling transactions and monopoly.
This press review deals with a controversial announcement made by Max Michel, a Christian who split from the Coptic Orthodox Church and set up a church in the Muqattam area and named himself Archbishop Maximus I, amidst an outcry from the Egyptian mother church and severe criticism.
The author reviews the discussions in a symposium hosted by a group of senior Muslim scholars about the fatwas given recently by Hasan al- Turābī which sparked shock waves in the Muslim world as they contradicted firmly-established beliefs about the hijāb and the impermissibility of...
In an attempt to curb the sea of fatwas, the Azhar has recently submitted a proposal to the People’s Assembly, in which it called for introducing legislation to criminalize the issuance of fatwas by unqualified Muslim scholars, Muhammad Khalīl writes.
The main concerns of the Copts that are being discussed are the legislative structure that forms an obstacle to the building of churches and Coptic representation in senior public positions and in parliament. A seminar under the name ‘The Copts of Egypt at a cross-road’ discussed the core of the...
Egyptians are no longer peaceful people, is the idea that Ramzī Zaqlama is explaining in his column in Al- Wafd. He attended a lecture at the cathedral were it was discussed along with Copts problems.
The Qur’ān refers to the birth of Jesus Christ as a supernatural phenomenon. It also describes the Virgin Mary as one who "guarded her chastity," defending her against accusations of wanton unchastity, directed at her during her lifetime and recorded in the Talmud.
Islam encourages ethics and Islamic texts state that some non-Muslims are people of ethics. Some events show that Muslims are not the only people who have ethics. There are some non-Muslims whose behavior is more ethical than some people who claim that they are Muslims. The opposing attitude of...

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