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Dr. Sha’bān ‘Abd al-‘Alīm, Secretary of the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party in Beni Suef, said Article 2 of the Constitution was the most controversial simply because the mass media depicted to citizens that the Salafists came just to implement the sharī’ah that Bishop Bula gave candies in expression...
Regardless of the preliminary agreement among political power on the necessity of drafting a consensus Constitution for all Egyptians, there are disputes around Article II between Copts and salafists. [Ahmad Abū Hajar, al-Wafd, August 20, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic 
In accordance with article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution of 1923, Islam is the religion of the State and Arabic is its official language. The principles of Islamic Sharia are the main source of legislation. For nearly a century, the drafters of the Egyptian constitution persisted in giving the...
After the different denominations Christian communities managed to draft a personal status law for non-Muslim Egyptians, this law is threatened not to be brought to fruition by the Parliament, to contradict articles of the Egyptian Constitution which guarantee the principle of freedom of belief and...
Recently published by the Egyptian General Book Authority, “The Constitution and the Freedom of Religion .. a sharia principle, a law provision, or a social heritage?” by Dr. Mo`taz Muhammad Abu Zaid.
In March 2007, a referendum changed several articles of the Egyptian Constitution.
This meeting took place in the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party opposite the Ministry of Interior on December 11, 2012, only days before the referendum on December 15.  This report has been approved by the SGP delegation and Dr. Walīd al-Haddād in a second meeting of Diana Serôdio with...
This meeting took place in one of the buildings belonging to the Presidential palace on December 10, 2012, only days before the referendum on December 15. Part of the area around the presidential palace was closed by the military and only could get in after Cornelis Hulsman had told an officer that...
Yūnus Makhyūn, member of the salafī al-Nūr (light) Party and member of the Constituent Assembly drafting Constitution, said that there are an agreement among political powers, namely, Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood group, and al-Nūr Party, to keep Article II...
Shaykh Ahmad al-Mahallāwī, an Islamic preacher who was in prison during late President Anwar al-Sādāt's time, lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and accused her of driving a wedge between Muslims and Copts. He made the remarks after Clinton’s statements that the United States...
This book was first published in 2012 by CIDT in Arabic.
This article was originally posted on Christianity Today, May 31, 2012. The first free election in Egypt's history has captured headlines worldwide with its unexpected runoff between a Mubārak regime figure and a Muslim Brotherhood leader. Less known is that 17 Coptic evangelical leaders met with...
On May 14, 2012 the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) discussed the results of its months-long study of Article Two in the Egyptian Constitution. These were presented publically at the Association for Upper Egypt, in the Ramsis area of downtown Cairo.
 [AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III is often praised, in particular by his own followers, for his ecumenical stances. The reality is, however, somewhat different, as the decisions of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod show. All synod meetings were presided over by Pope Shenouda, a strong and charismatic...
Egyptian Christians are mourning the death of Coptic Orthodox Pope and Patriarch Shinūdā III, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Pope Shinūdā (August 3, 1923 - March 17, 2012) was extremely popular among millions of common Christians. A charismatic reformer and an advocate of Christian...
Dr. ‘Abd al-Mun‘im Abū al-Futūh is a frontrunning candidate in the Egyptian presidential elections. He has been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council for twenty-five years, but now finds himself officially outside the organization as a result of his desire to run for the presidency...
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...
During the last six months, it is noted that the Egyptian political life has interacted with many of the political documents. All of which revolve around the form of the next Constitution through what have been called by the media “supra-constitutional articles,” which must be taken into account in...

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