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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.
Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam and Shaikh of Al-Azhar Institution, said that “The Qūr'ān did not specify a punishment for those who enter Islam and later renounces it, but there are ahādith permitting the killing of a person who has renounced Islam, hence becoming a threat to his own self and to...
The case of Dr. Nasr Hāmed Abu Zaid will remain a salient example of contempt of religion in the 90s of last century. Professor Nasr Hāmed Abu Zaid, one of the leading liberal theologians in Islam, while not denying that the Qūr'ān was of divine origin, he argued that it was a "cultural product"...
The Arabic Network For Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the detention of Egyptian activist Mustafa `Abd Al-Nabī for allegedly defaming religions and vilifying divine entity on his facebook time line.
Background: The Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn) is an international Sunni Islamist group founded by Ḥasan al-Bannā in 1928. Although, originally the movement claimed to be against violence, it has been accused of many alleged terrorist attacks, and is banned in Egypt as well as...
On March 8 Muhammad al-Barād'ī insisted on keeping the art. 2 of the constitution unchanged. I was horribly disappointed.           (Image: courtesy Munich Security Conference, Photographer Harald Dettenborn) When I read al-Qimnī's article [Click here to read al-Qimnī's article] my disappointment...
 With the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today, pro-democracy protestors, Muslims and Christians, are celebrating in the streets of Cairo and other cities around the country. Power was handed over to the Egyptian military.   According to Open Doors, a Christian organization founded...
Ranā Mamdūh reports that the Administrative Judicial Court, headed by Counselor Muhammad al-Husaynī, the deputy head of the State Council, decided to adjourn the judgment in 12 lawsuits filed by Christian converts to Islam.
Spokesman of the Catholic Church in Egypt, Father Rfīq Grech responded to the accusations of bribing Sudanese to convert to Christianity and explained that the Catholic Church offers aids on humanitarian bases regardless of people’s’ belonging, alluding to the numerous social services the Catholic...
The author comments on two recent court rulings concerning freedom of belief. One concerns Christians who converted to Islam and then back to Christianity and the other gives Bahā’īs the right to leave the religion box empty on ID cards.
In the article the author comments on what he sees as the changes in Egyptian society in recent decades.
Ḥasan ‘Allām interviews Dr. Maḥmūd Ḥamdī Zaqzūq, Egyptian minister of religious endowments, who speaks about important issues of concern to Muslims.
While Poet Aḥmad al-Shahāwī intends to file a claim against the Shaykh of the Azhar, reliable sources at the Islamic Research Academy assert that the Azhar withdrew al-Shahāwī’s book but did not deem the poet Kāfir.
The article describes the outcomes of a recent seminar in which a number of Muslim scholars discussed the application of Riddah in Islam.
The Middle Eastern Christian Association helps a former Muslim convert to Christianity to have a new identity card with her new Christian name issued, sparking protests throughout Egypt.
The author talks about newspapers that publish stories about conversion from one religion to another, believing that they aim at inflaming sectarian sedition under the guise of the freedom of the press.
The author discusses the issue of religious conversion in Egypt. He advocates legalizing conversion through a "court of conscience" to ensure that converts are sincere in their intent to embrace a new religion and that they are not being forcibly proselytized in order to overcome conversion which...
Sulaymān Shafīq refers to three different issues that were widely discussed in the Egyptian media in 2007. Strongly related to the value of the freedom of belief, these issues are the Bahā’ī case, Christians converting to Islam and vice versa, and finally, the case of Muḥammad Ḥijāzī and his wife...
The author argues that men of religion, lawyers, and less-educated people have become Egyptian society’s decision-makers and its new intellectual elite. They are an influential force that shapes the mind of the average citizen on the issues of conversion and Muslim-Christian relations.
The press continues its investigations into the case of Muḥammad Aḥmad Ḥijāzī, an Egyptian citizen who has converted to Christianity. He has filed the first ever lawsuit to formally prove that he has become a Christian by changing his ID and other official papers. A broad range of opinions and...

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