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Presidential candidate Ahmad Shafīq said Christians are full partners in the nation, pledging if he won the elections, he would choose a highly-efficient Christian woman as vice president to cover religion and sex in the same time. [Ashraf Sharaf and Sarhān Sinnārah, al-Akhbār, May 16, p. 5] Read...
 [AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]
[The interview was carried out by Cornelis Hulsman, the transcript was made by Fidel Bartholdy]
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...
  The Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Dr. 'Isām Sharaf, postponed the discussions of the unified law for building worship houses until after the Adha feast. Family House, National Justice Committee and the Egyptian Church asked for some amendments to be made to the final draft law.
"The number of houses of worship is determined relative to the number of population of the religious community. No house of worship to be constructed on agricultural or disputed piece of land A responsible legal source disclosed a number of provisions in the draft law on the construction of...
  The Liberal Lawyers Union and the 25th of January Association, two human rights organizations, demanded that Egyptian authorities enact laws that firmly establish the principles of equality, citizenship, and tolerance and help in the construction of houses of worship according to clear rules and...
Doubtlessly, the enactment of the unified law on the construction of houses of worship will help end sectarian tension and uphold the principles of citizenship and promote social peace.
Shaykh Jamāl Qutb, the former Chairman of the Azhar's Fatwa Committee, said the unified law regulating the construction of houses of worship was lamely drafted, criticizing lack of organization in building mosques and churches. He cited an example of the neighborhood where he lives. "I live in an...
The rapid turn of events in Egypt over the past few weeks has of necessity calmed down the heated debate over the unified law for building places of worship. What with the recent al-Azhar document reflecting the venerable institution’s enlightened vision of the future; the disgruntled...

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