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Dr. Maḥmūd Mihannā, member of the Senior Scholars Council of Al-Azhar University, Egypt, said that the adoption of a bill that criminalizes atheism is an eligible right in Islamic judiciary, and that it entitles the ruler to punish the atheist in case he or she does not give up atheism.
Concerns are dominating the media establishment after a decision to close down the al-Farā’īn channel owned by Tawfīq ‘Ukāshah following accusations of instigation against the president of the republic and the confiscation of an issue of al-Dustūr newspaper for nearly the same reason.
In an attempt to confront the repeated attacks on the freedom of the media the “Higher Committee for Opposing the ‘Brotherhoodization’ of the press and media, is to meet [Reviewer: no date mentioned] to discuss attempts to close down satellite TV channels and newspapers because of their opposition...
Atheism in Egypt has generated widespread debates in the printed media as well as on social networking websites following the 25 January 2011 Revolution, amid the growing feeling of a large sector of Egyptians of freely expressing their ideas and religious beliefs, and a shock for the Egyptian...
Salafīs have refused to implement the decision of the Ministry of Endowments which prohibits preaching of those who are not imāms.
Pope Tawadros has met with Anne Marlborough, EU Commission’s legal,  human rights and gender equality analyst.
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...
Thanks to the Egyptian historian and writer, Muḥammad Shuʿayr’s book entitled “The Making of Najīb Maḥfūz’ Forbidden Novel: ‘Awlād Ḥaritnā’”, that the reader discovers how Najīb Maḥfūz precipitates further controversy about politics, religion, courage and cowardice. The book is the first of a...
 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.
Al- Akhbar reports on the role of the Islamic and Christian clerics in spreading awareness on the importance of positive participation in the forthcoming presidential elections. Dr. Mukhtār Gum’ah, Minister of Endowments, stated that the role of the imams will be to spread awareness without calling...
On December 10, the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite the fact that this period of seven decades elapsed since this declaration has been proclaimed, human rights are still violated in many parts of the world and millions are still oppressed...
In a talk-show aired on the Egyptian Satellite Channel TEN, Pope Tawāḍrūs II explained that the law on church construction was issued in 2016 and has two sections, one is concerned with the construction of new churches, and the second on codifying the legal status of churches that were built in the...
Zakariyyā 'Abd al-'Azīz, first general attorney at the Cairo appellate instance, decided to postpone the trial of dancer Samā al-Masrī until she had sent her lawyer. A lawsuit has  been filed against her accusing her of disrupting public order with video clips during the era of Mursī which was...
ISIS is continuing its shocking surprises to the world.
In his recent book, Children of Gebelawi [Awlād Ḥāritnā]: The Story of a Banned Novel (al-ʿAīn Publishing House), the Author Muḥammad Shu`ayr reviews the economic, social and political conditions that prevailed in the entire world, including the Arab Region and Egypt, before the publication of...
Advisor to the Popular Front Against ‘Brotherhoodificaton’ of Egypt, Tāriq Mahmūd,  has filed a lawsuit in the Urgent Affairs Court  demanding the dissolution of religious political parties
Bishop Bola, representative of the Orthodox Church in the 50th Committee, stated that raising the picture of al-Sīsī during Christmas celebrations was a spontaneous action and the Church has nothing to do with it. He added that it is better for Sīsī to remain in his current post, while it is better...
The abduction of Yūnis Qandīl (Younes Kandil) generated a debate between writers and the admins of social networking sites on the reasons behind the abduction of the general secretary of Mominoun [Muʾminūn]Without Borders Foundation for Research and Studies.
In his column this week, Father Rafiq Greish [Rafīq Jarīsh] comments on President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī during the World Youth Forum in Sharm al-Shaykh: It was not a speech like any other one we heard before, although what President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī was saying is known for us, namely, the...
Despite the absence of a legal text criminalizing the construction of churches over the past decades, many houses of worships for Egyptian Christians were built without license, leading eventually to occasional emergence of sectarian strife manifested in the form of attacks on places where...

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