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The English word “secularism” was incorrectly translated into Arabic as “ilmaniya” while it should be “almaniya.” The first is derived from “ilm” which means “science” and thus indicated a contradiction between religion and science –which is not true. The latter is derived from “alam” which means “...
The author comments on secularism in the Arab world. He believes that secularism cannot be applied in the Arab world, part of which is Iraq. Since this is the case and since the American Administration cannot convince the Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq to abandon the idea of establishing a religious...
The so-called TV preachers are not in fact quite conversant with the Sharī‘a like the preachers of earlier times. Their religious knowledge is limited to a few books and biographies of the Companions of the Prophet. They approach vital issues of the everyday life relying on their communication...
The religious question resurfaced in the intellectual and political processes in Europe in the last period. The religious question is inevitable in two situations: in the system of religious symbols in public schools and in references to religion in the new forthcoming European constitution....
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 Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I residing in Istanbul, stated that there is not enough religious freedom in Turkey, stressing that the church is facing a lot of legal obstacles. The Patriarch also stated that Turkey is incapable of protecting its religious minorities, which, in turn...
Any attempt to re-read holy texts and present a new opinion is regarded as apostasy and a deviation from “what is necessarily recognized as part of religion.” According to this rule, thinking of a new interpretation of religion is penalized with death. I, along with other intellectuals, offered...
Under the pretext of commemorating the twelfth anniversary of Farag Foda’s assassination at the hands of members of Islamic groups, members of the Egyptian Association for Enlightenment, headed by Saad Eddin Ibrahim, launched a fierce attack on the July Revolution and attacked religion [Islam]...
The author explains the misunderstanding of the concept of “secularism." in Islamic and Arab societies; secularism is presented as a call for atheism and apostasy. Based on this misunderstanding, some launched an attack on France because the country has banned religious symbols in public schools...
Has President Mubarak’s call to renew religious thought been seriously tackled on all levels of the ruling party and the government-owned media or not? Al-Liwaa’ Al-Islami, owned by the ruling National Democratic Party, continued its attack on secularists on the pretext that secularists are...

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