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Background: The interview with Mukhtār Nūh, a lawyer and a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, revolves around questions related to religious freedom in Egypt including possible application of Islamic Sharīʿa, the rights of Christian minorities, and the possible response to conversion from...
Prince Hassan of Jordan pleads for a pluralist society in the Arab world, and examines the phenomenon of Christian migration.
Every Egyptian who does not like something in this country finds no shame in threatening [the government] that he or she would demand the assistance of a foreign organization or government against his or her own country. Saad Eddin Ibrahim [Chairman of Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies]...
The report released by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom is considered by the Egyptian press to be one of the most critical reports by an American organization because it represents serious interference in Egyptian domestic affairs, especially in terms of education. Journalists...
The Egyptian press has widely covered the four-day visit that Pope Benedict XVI paid to Turkey from November 28 to December 1, 2006 in an obvious attempt to heal the wounds opened by his earlier "offensive" remarks on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. According to political analysts, the pontiff’s...
Al-Ḥayāh (Al-Ḥayāt) reports that Namik Tan, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, welcomed the report from the European Commission on Turkey’s accession to the European Union, describing it as "balanced and impartial," and indicating that it included some points which his government will...
Jābir ‘Asfour discusses the wide impact of what he calls ‘hegemonic regimes’ in the Arab world on the concept of freedom of expression.
Through stressing that sectarian sedition in Egypt is an affair that has to be solved by the Egyptians themselves, including an increased involvement of Egypt’s Copts, the author of the article addresses his message to all Egyptians.
The author argues that Arab writings about the West and westerners are of vital importance for Arab and Muslims and for the Americans and Europeans too, but a problem arises when they are used to cast doubt over the idea of democracy itself and to replace it with despotism and totalitarianism.
AWR’s American intern writes about 220 years of religious freedom in the U.S., arguing that one standard must be applied to all.
Recent U.S. statements have described some Arab leaders as lacking in political adeptness and described others as failing to make required political and economic growth in their countries, while at the same time, the U.S. is allying with Islamists.
The author states that a report being distributed by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo speaks of "criminal Muslim gangs" that attack Coptic churches, run over Christian children with motorbikes and force Christian women to convert to Islam conspiring to disrupt national unity in Egypt.
Rajab al-Bannā believes that Islam is being attacked everywhere, citing examples from Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia.
The author discusses the three levels of flagrant inequality between Copts and Muslims in terms of their citizenship rights, arguing that though the situation is dismal, great efforts must be made to correct imbalances between Christians and Muslims.
I have some remarks about the American report about the Islamic situation [i.e. “Civil Democratic Islam… Partners, Resources, and Strategies”]. This report was not made for philanthropic purposes but at the expense of the US Department of Defense. The report was issued by the National Security...
As usual, the report of the US Secretary of States for religious freedom in Egypt this year accuses Egypt of exercising religious persecution against the Christian minority. The US Secretary of State depends on emigrant Copts in writing its reports. Emigrant Copts have relations with organizations...
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Sayyed Tantawi, rejected any interference in the affairs of Muslims under the guise of calls for change and reform. He announced that no one interferes in Al-Azhar’s affairs, including the President or any other authority in the country. He also stressed that...
Interviewing 18 Egyptians, including bishops, and one American, about major issues in religious freedom in Egypt and the importance of AWR work
Our crisis is that we have people like Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who wears the cowboy outfit and a hat and often forgets that he is Egyptian. He behaves as if he were “high commissioner.” Ibrahim is an ugly example of foreign interference in the country’s affairs. He preaches theories and ideas that...
Seven Coptic MPs are preparing to issue a report declaring their rejection of a visit from the Congress’ Committee for Religious Freedoms. The report might be issued in coordination with some Coptic figures. The Coptic point of view is that the visit touches upon things that are related to the...

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