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Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back with fury’ (Berlin 1972).
Objections to the president’s decrees caused tension and clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood group in a number of governorates, topped by a most heated Alexandria.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is maintaining its position regarding Mursī’s decrees today (November 24) as Bishop Pachomius and Pope Tawadros II are meeting to discuss the constitutional declaration while Coptic activists termed the decrees as a “setback that marks the beginning of the division of...
Coptic movements and groups expressed rejection against the constitutional declaration as a large number of them participated in the demonstrations while Christian intellectuals flatly refused the declaration which they termed as “division of the nation”.
Members of the judiciary in Alexandria started a sit-in on Friday (November 23) prior to their participation in extraordinary meetings of the Judges Clubs’ general assemblies scheduled to be held today (November 24) in protest over the recent decrees by President Mursī.
Reactions of Egyptians on the streets escalated over decrees by President Muhammad Mursī on Thursday (November 22) sacking the public prosecutor and immunizing his decisions as political, betraying deep divisions within the society as opponents termed them as “rehash of past dictatorship”. [Author...
Dr. Shaykh Ahmad al- Tayyib, head of the Azhar has assured that the Azhar is continuing to face takfirī thought in the less developed governorates.
Background: On April 15, 1995, a train collided with a bus in the town Quwīsnā in the Minūfiya governorate in Egypt. A group of factory workers were severely injured, some even killed. Train wreckages as these are not incidents that happen from time to time, but in fact illustrations of the poor...
In an attempt to ease the tension between protesters in al-Tahrīr square and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), 65 activists and public figures suggest opening up nominations for presidential candidates on 25 January, closing the nomination period on the anniversary of former President...
Reactions of Egyptians on the streets escalated over decrees by President Muhammad Mursī on Thursday (November 22) sacking the public prosecutor and immunizing his decisions as political, betraying deep divisions within the society as opponents termed them as “rehash of past dictatorship”. [Author...
Concerns have arisen among human rights and civil society organizations after the attack on journalism and the media.  Activists believe the attack on the media will be followed by an attack on civil society organizations. Ihāb Rādī, activist, said that the Rural Development Association (RDA)...
[Lamīs Yahyá is an Egyptian student living in Germany who is supporting the Egyptian student movement for democratization in Egypt. She earlier wrote the investigative report on the conflict around the building of a Coptic Orthodox Church in Marīnāb, September 30, 2011.]
It is the time before the presidential elections. Egypt is in the middle of a possible transitional period and a mostly transitional mood.
One of the most confusing aspects of the recent clashes in Tahrīr Square is why they happened at all. The basic story, told at length here, is that a small group of sit-in protestors were dispersed violently by police, and as word spread more and more protestors joined their ranks. Eventually...
As an American Christian in Egypt I find that I instinctively view events here through the following lens: Liberals are the good guys, Islamists are the bad guys, and the army is somewhere in between, perhaps neutral, perhaps not. Complicated times beg for simplistic narratives, and this one...
Prominent Islamist Sheikh Mohamed Amer has declared that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, supreme commander of the Egyptian armed forces, should be considered "leader of the faithful" due to his current capacity as military ruler of the country.
Protesters in Qinā called for a second million-man march on Sunday, April 24, 2011, to call for the removal of Prime Minister ʿIṣām Sharaf and the trial of Deputy Prime Minister Yaḥyā al-Jamāl. The protesters continued a sit-in on a railway line and introduced their new slogan "Muslims and Copts...
On Saturday April 9, the police detained political activist Wā’il Abū Layl for 15 days, due to his alleged acts of violence against demonstrators on Tahrīr Square. Following a conference of the 25 January Revolution Youth Coalition, political activists accused the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for being...
This issue presents a number of interesting articles on cases of sedition on Egypt, further commentary on the speech of President Obama, and the recent ongoings in the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The article states that Ibrāhīm ‘Īsá’s presidential pardon is politically motivated and is an isolated incident of the Egyptian regime backtracking, rather than a step toward a wider leniency for other political prisoners.

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