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Background: Yūsuf al-Badrī is an Egyptian Islamic preacher, formerly a member of the People’s Assembly and is said to be closely related to the Muslim Brotherhood, although he himself denies this time and again. At the start of the interview, the shaykh says he wants to address to the public that...
Background: Maḥjūb al-Tijānī is the president of the Sudan Human Rights Organisation in the branch of Cairo and Ḥamūd Fātḥā al-Raḥman, the secretary general of the same organization, discuss the atrocities of the al-Turābī/al-Bashīr regime, and the means by which the Sudanese people are dealing...
Background: Dr. Naṣr Ḥāmid Abū Zayd (10.7.1943–5.7.2010) was an Egyptian Qurʾānic thinker and scholar. He is famous for his contextual interpretations of the Qurʾān, which sparked a lot of controversy amongst fundamentalist Islamic thinkers. In May 1992, Abū Zayd was in a position to get a...
Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī was born in Kafr Tahlah in Egypt's Delta, in 1931. Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) which was headed by al-Saʿdāwī  came to existence as an international non-profit organization that aims at promoting Arab women's active participation in social, economic, cultural, and...
In this final installment of a three part series on the life of Nasr Hāmid Abū Zayd, Professor Stefan Wild of Bonn University paints a picture of the life and work of the late Egyptian scholar....  
The Administrative Court has rejected a lawsuit that was filed by the Muslim convert to Christianity, Muhammad Hijāzī and has allowed Bahā’ī’s to leave the religion field empty or write "other" on their identity cards. The Egyptian press reported the two rulings and commented on the increasing...
The Azhar recently released a fatwá that calls for tough penalties against people who convert to Islam and then revert back to their original religion. Opinions are divided as to what effect this fatwá could have on Egyptian society.
Muḥammad Ḥijāzī’s conversion has sparked protests in both religious and social milieus; the issue has also affected the political situation. In a display of compassion for Ḥijāzī, a demonstration was held in Italy that called for greater respect of religious freedom in Egypt.
An article, written by the Muftī of Egypt, Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah, was published on the Muslims Speak Out on-line forum and affirmed that unless they disturb public order, those who revert from Islam face no worldly punishment.
The Muftī of Egypt Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah asserted that Muslims are free to change their faith as it is a matter between an individual and God.
The author reviews two books about the issue of apostacy which has been discussed extensively. The first book is titled ?Al-Sawa?ek al-elaheya fi al-rad ala al-Wahabiya? [Divine thunders in answering the Wahhābī movement] which is one hundred years old, while the second book is titled “la ikrah fi...
Iqbāl al-Sa‘dāwī discusses the Ḥadd of Riddah and when it should be applied in Islām.
The former president of the Fatwá Committee at the Azhar rejects legislation outlining the execution of Murtadds.
‘Abduh Mubāshir warns about the policy of Takfīr followed by professors of the Azhar University.
The author criticizes the opinion of the Creed and Philosophy Committee that the apostate is to be given a lifetime chance to renounce his apostate ideas. He lists Qur’ān verses stating that apostates should be killed. He believes it is dangerous to alleviate non-negotiable rules and change the...
An apostasy claim against Nawal al- Sa’adawi -following the publishing of an interview in which she criticized Islām - stirred up a social debate on her opinions and raised fears for her life. al-Sa’adawi contested what she called perfectly set traps of the yellow papers in collusion with...
The author presents some contributions from Jewish, Christian and Muslim intellectuals on the relationship between the mind and the interpretation of religious texts.
The only son of Jonathan Birt, general manager of the BBC, has embraced Islam and married a Muslim girl.
Sheik Rabiek Hag Ibn Neisan, the general mufti of Kazakhstan, has confessed that some Muslims have converted from Islam and become Christians. He said that this has happened because of financial temptations and Western aid funds, and not because converts really believe in Christianity, adding...
Sa‘d al-Dīn Ibrāhīm tells how Western interest in Egypt has shifted to social and religious issues.

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