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How should we assess the endless stream of media reports and images that we are exposed to daily? On July 2, 2018, Matthew Sparks (M.A., Georgetown University) facilitated an important and evocative discussion of this question and introduced Arab-West Report, the massive electronic database...
On 5th July, Johan Snel delivered a lecture discussing freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Johan’s lecture focused primarily on the current dialogue of freedom of expression and religion in Dutch journalism, and the divisive effects they caused across the Islamic world and wider...
On July 5th, following lectures on the freedom of expression by Johan Snel and Dr Matthew Anderson, the Summer School group discussed freedom of expression and Islamic views of freedom of expression. Initially, Egyptian and Islamic students were invited to start the discussion, to share their...
The novel follows a group of fellow addicts who gather on a Nile houseboat, the drug a withdrawal from the business of life. They belong to the enlightened bourgeoisie including a writer, a lawyer, a journalist, a real estate owner, an artist and a female translator. All these persons are bound...
In a statement issued today, Thursday, al-Azhar expressed its strong condemnation of the initiative by a Dutch Parliamentarian to organize an anti-Islam cartoon contest, while expressing its appreciation for the Dutch Government’s rejection of such step.
Egypt's Islamophobia Observatory strongly condemned the Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders’s call for holding a cartoon drawing contest of the Prophet Muḥammad later this year at his party’s parliamentary offices.
Members of the Constituent Assembly Khālid Yūssuf  and Muhammad Abu al- Ghār have stated their dissatisfaction with the judicial support to the court sentence ruling to jail novelist Karam Sābir, member of the Writers' Union, for 5 years due to being convicted of contempt of religion.
Author Karam Sābir, member of the Writer’s Union, was convicted of contempt of religion for a set of short stories under the title “Where is God?” which promotes religion and faith.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Egypt's Foreign Minister Sāmiḥ Shukrī has received a phone call from his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok, apologizing for the cartoon contest offensive to Islam. The contest was supposed to take place at the Dutch Parliament.
The Religious Freedom Committee in the American Congress has issued a report that asserted that Egypt has seen a significant increase in the law suits of the contempt of religion since 2011.
Dr. Janneke Stegeman calls for ecumenism with Islam. Good relations with Muslims are very important but one cannot ignore that the existence of Christianity in virtually all Muslim majority countries is under threat. Another problem is that most Muslims do not accept the concept of freedom of...
From time to time within our Arab Islamic world, there erupts a demand to reform religious discourse and to address the clerics on this issue. Clerics are wrongly accused, even if partially or indirectly, of being the cause behind religious extremism that sometimes leads to violence, as has been...
Egyptian MP Mona Munīr has required a prompt account regarding the June-22 edition of the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Dustūr who had published on its front-page football players drawn in the Coptic iconic art, including a caption saying “Your blessings upon us, Virgin Mary!”
I would like to begin by explaining some of the reasons I chose the topic of blasphemy in Islam. In some respects, I am talking here about elements of the deep structure of the dissertation. These underlying motivations have shaped and inspired this study, but they are not always explicit. I...
Transcript of Dr. Anas Abū Shādī's address “Counter Insult with Arguments by the Pen and Other Non-Violent Means.” (January 27, 2015)
Abstract: There is an urgent need for more fieldwork in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt.  Too much reporting on these issues is either ideologically motivated or supported by insufficient data.  Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman will provide examples from his work, including the conversion of...
Commenting on the coverage of the Egyptian presidential election and human rights issues by foreign media institutions, Egyptian Journalist ‘Imād al-Dīn Ḥussayn said that there is no conspiracy by all foreign media outlets against Egypt, and even if some of them misreport against Egypt, others work...
Wondering from those who criticized, and some even sued, Egyptian actress Shīrīn Riḍā for describing the voice of some mūʾadhinīn [the mūʾadhin is the person who calls to prayer in Islam] as “disturbing”, Luīs Jrīs [Louis Greis], Egyptian author and husband of late Egyptian actress Sanāʾ Jamīl,...
Although they are found all over the world, sculptures that represent nudity are still rejected by the conservative Arab societies. This rejection was manifested yesterday in the debate generated when Egyptian thinker and physician Khālid Muntaṣir published on his Facebook account a photo of the...
US-based Coptic Solidarity started its eighth annual conference in Washington on Thursday under the title “Combating Terrorism without Sacrificing Civil Rights” in the presence of American, Canadian and European officials, as well as experts, researchers and human rights activists. The conference...

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