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In his novel ‘Al-Safīnah al-Ḥamrāʾ, min Bayrūt ilā al-Bahāʾiyīn’ (The Red Ship: From Beirut To The Baha'is’, the Egyptian novelist, Samīr Zakī, deals with a sensitive and thorny theme in some countries in the Arab region, namely, the Baha'i faith. 
MP Muḥammad Fuʾād said that the speech of President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī at the World Youth Forum on the freedom of religious belief “is very progressive and there must be policies to implement this.” During his interview hosted by the ‘90 Minutes’ talk show, aired on al-Miḥwar TV channel, on...
 The Bahā’ī faith entered Egypt in 1864. A governmental decree was issued in 1960 to dissolve all Bahā’ī gatherings in Egypt. There is no precise enumeration of Baha’is in Egypt.  The city of Acre, Akko, or ʿAkkā in Arabic, is the holiest city for the Bahā’ī faith, and is occupied by Israel.
MP Dr. Muḥammad Fuʾād submitted a request to the House of Representatives, suggesting a briefing to be submitted by the Cabinet on the situation of the right of worship for Egyptian citizens.
Writing in 1999 for al-Usbūʿ newspaper, Hānī Zayyāt and Muṣṭafā Sulaymān expressed the
 A hearing was held in the U.S. Congress about state of rights of minorities in Morsi’s (Mursī) era. The session was entitled, “Violation of Human Rights in Egypt”.
      Google celebrated the birthday of artist Ḥusayn Bīkār… First to establish the Wax Museum First artist to draw a book cover His last project to produce a cinematic film was stopped due to his religion He converted to the Baha'ī faith and was imprisoned in 1985 for bribery  He...
National unity is one of the pillars of Egypt, its development and progress. It is a clear indication of the cohesion of this people with its leadership. The national unity shows us the story of societal cohesion from our ancestors to the present day. According to the meaning of the term "blasphemy...
US State Department religious freedom report of 2015 said that the Egyptian government failed in responding to preventing sectarian violence in some cases, especially in the cities remote from the capital, Cairo. Despite the involvement of governmental officials in the customary reconciliation...
Egypt's senior official reaffirmed the invalidity of claims and allegations made about Egypt in the report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by stating that the report is not based on established facts, but is rather contrary to the reality in some of the...
According to the latest figures, the number of Egyptian Nubians is 2-4 million, forming thus the largest minority group. Another group is that of the Amazigh (Berbers): the indigenous North Africans in Egypt. 'Minorities' is a term referring to categories of people differentiated from the social...
Background: An interview with Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī tackling how Islam responds to some controversial issues such as terrorism, freedom of belief and Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. The questions are asked in English then translated into Arabic. The responses of Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī are...
Egyptian activist Shādi Ghazālī Harb posted a message on his twitter account saying: “Upon the request of the Iraqi Yazidi girl Nadia Murād, President Al-Sisi met her and vowed his support to all people living in Iraq . Bahā'īs and Shi'its, the minorities of Egypt, should be granted the same...
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...
This article pertains to the status of Human Rights in Egypt, through the reporting of the US-based Human Rights Watch. A report from the HRW states that human rights in Egypt are deteriorating for a number of different groups throughout the country. Religious discrimination of Copts and Baha’is...
On March 16 the Supreme Administrative Court passed a ruling allowing Bahā’īs to leave the religion field on their official documents blank. The ruling marks the end of a five year battle on the part of the Bahā’īs but has unfortunately been marred by sectarian events that took place against them a...
The key to encouraging people to respect other’s beliefs is education, believes Dr. Amīn Makram ‘Ubayd. According to him, state schools should promote the brotherhood of all citizens, not the followers of one religion above the others.   An ideal state school system should be non religious, but...
In recent years the tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have increased. In many cases Christians have been victims of violence. Is there any chance that religions can live together peacefully in the land of Nile? This is the question that Cornelis Hulsman sought to answer in his paper...
The author comments on two recent court rulings concerning freedom of belief. One concerns Christians who converted to Islam and then back to Christianity and the other gives Bahā’īs the right to leave the religion box empty on ID cards.
The article discusses the emergence of a trend to file lawsuits, in which the plaintiffs demand either official recognition of their belief, as in the case of the Bahā’īs, or the right to convert from one religion to another.

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