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Preface by Cornelis Hulsman: In 1997 I started making press overviews on issues related to Muslim-Christian relations and founded the Religious News Service from the Arab World which later was renamed Arab-West Report. Between June 13, 1997 and July 11, 1998 I collected articles from al-Muslimoon...
In an interview hosted by Ṣada al-Balad, Dr. Rev. Andrīyya Zakī of the Coptic Evangelical Church declared that marriage of homosexual has no theological grounds, and cannot be therefore accepted by the Church, stressing that the Church does not close her door to anyone.
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, said that human rights in the western world are not concerned with the directives of religion, of ḥalāl and ḥarām, but rather, to completely remove religion from any area of life. Among these rights is homosexuality, for which the Grand Imam emphasizes...
In the light of al-Ghad’s publication of the "offensive" supplement which attacked the Prophet Muhammad’s companions and wife, the author of the article stresses the need for a consistent application of the law which criminalizes insulting religions.
The author comments on the US interference in Egyptian domestic affairs. For example, the case of Saad Eddin Ibrahim, homosexuals, female genital mutilation, Coptic problems and human rights issues.
Some foreign organizations that advocate freedom of individuals to be homosexual have increased pressure on Egypt to recognize gay rights, regardless of how applicable this idea is to different societies. Human rights organizations in Egypt have reaffirmed the Egyptian society’s conservative...
Some human rights organizations believe that the Egyptian government violated the rights of a group of Egyptian youth who were practicing homosexual relationships. The objection displayed by these human rights organizations raises critical issues that result from cultural differences within the...
Each nation has its own special culture and beliefs. It is true that there is a common human culture but, still, some basic differences remain. The file of homosexuality is still open and the issue is raised every now and then in reports released by outside human rights organizations. This file...
The U.S. president George W. Bush uttered a famous phrase: “The ideal marriage is that between a man and a woman.” It appears Bush is standing against many issues that are considered controversial for the American people, like abortion and gay marriage. Bush made use of these disputes [on the issue...
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights organized, last Thursday, a press conference in which it announced the release of a report titled “Freedom of belief and Shiites’ issues in Egypt.” This report describes the crackdowns on Shiites in Egypt from December 2003 till March 2004.The report...
A few months ago, I attended four Islamic conferences and noticed that the discussions were all the same and the words were almost identical.
The Higher State Security Court continued examining the case about the publication of scandalous photos of the expelled monk in Al-Mowagha paper, in which the Editor-in-Chief of the paper and another journalist are accused.
The article discusses female genital mutilation among Yemeni females. There is a wide difference between the actual teaching of Islam and what is externally practiced in various Islamic states by Muslims who have at time mixed up customs, traditions and secularism with Islamic teachings.
In an exclusive interview, Pope Shenouda III speaks frankly to Al-Ahram Weekly about the national role of the Church, the new draft Personal Status law, and other controversial issues.
The Vatican International Family Conference, organized for the first time in Cairo, witnessed a heated discussion on more heated issues, from abortion, artificial insemination and homosexuality to female circumcision.
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