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This article first appeared in Pokrof in 2011 under the title Strakke Koptische Huwelijkswetgeving leidt tot spanningen; binnenkerkelijk, politiek en interreligieus.  AWR reader Dr. Rachel Scott, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech...
Diana Sakakini [Diana al-Sakākīnī] was born in Milan, Italy, from the prestigious al-Sakākīnī family of Christian Syrian origins that has left indelible marks in Egypt as the majestic al-Sakākīnī Palace in Old Cairo testifies. She was educated in Italy but later returned to Egypt where her parents...
The families of ‘Sammālūṭ’ in al-Minya have intervened to cooperate with the police in a council for peace to resolve the tension sparked by the return of "Faransah ʿAbd al-Sayyid", a 26-year-old female Christian-to-Muslim convert with her husband.   
A state of anger is coasting among Copts in ‘Sammālūṭ’ in al-Minya after "Faransah ʿAbd al-Sayyid", a 26-year-old female Christian-to-Muslim convert and her Muslim husband were allowed entry to there village amid increased security presence.  
Abrām Lewis, the founder of the Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED), said AVAED will meet within the next few days with Dr. Tayīb and senior clerics of the Azhar to discuss the association’s demands to re-apply the guidance and advice sessions for Christian...
ISIS is continuing its shocking surprises to the world.
On February 17, 2018, Arab-West Report sent a delegation of interns to Qufāda, a village in Maghāgha, al-Minīa, to inquire into the outstanding relationship between its Christian and Muslim population. We interviewed two religious leaders, Abūna [Father] Yuʾannas, the priest of Qufāda’s Coptic...
Background: An interview with Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī tackling how Islam responds to some controversial issues such as terrorism, freedom of belief and Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. The questions are asked in English then translated into Arabic. The responses of Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī are...
Background: The tensions between Muslims from the North and Christians from the South of Sudan have resulted in the Southerners talking about self-determination. Bishop al-Zubaīr, Catholic Bishop of al-Kharṭūm and Bishop Roreig, Anglican Bishop of al-Kharṭūm, are interviewed and asked to share...
A Dutch tourist residing in the city of Hurghada declared that he had converted to Islam and changed his name to Sīsī in reference to Egyptian President ‘Abd al-Fatah al- Sīsī. The tourist says the President led him to Islam despite him lacking religious affiliation before. The tourist held a...

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