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In an attempt to appease the tense atmosphere in the village of Banī Hassan al-Ashrāf, al-Minya governorate, a 'urfī (informal) conciliatory session was held in coordination with security agencies to settle sectarian unrest between two Coptic and Muslim families. [Teresa Kamāl and 'Alā' Sarhān,...
It was again a customary reconciliation session, not the rule of law, that solved the sectarian attack on Christians who had performed their religious rituals last Sunday in the third floor of a church-service premise at the Kom al-Raheb [Kawm al-Rāhib] village, Qūṣiyah, Assiut or Asyut.
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...
Blaming the community silence on the attack on al-Amīr Tādrus’ Church in Aṭfīḥ, the author, Hānī Labīb, discusses the painful issue of attacking churches by extremists in Egypt for allegedly being unlicensed. Labīb states that most of the already existing unlicensed churches obtained oral...
From time to time, Egypt experiences crimes of forced displacement committed against individual citizens or their family in accordance with tribal tradition. These crimes are often committed in the presence of Egyptian state institutions' representatives, and sometimes, local members of parliament...
It is not surprising that the terror attacks on Christian families in the town of Al-`Arīsh raise so much anger among the people and evoke all this sympathy and solidarity with the victims of sectarian violence. The situation is serious, as terrorism does not attempt to intimidate Christian...
Coptic activists have postponed a vigil which was scheduled for Thursday evening at the Cathedral of St. Mark in `Abbassiya, in support of Pope Twadros II of Alexandria Pope and Patriarch of St. Mark, Archbishop Makarios of the Minya and Abu Qūrqās Dioceses, and President `Abd al-Fattāh al-Sisi who...
Some just causes are spoiled by interferences of passion and overdone reconciliation, while some are messed up due to naivety, and many due to bad intentions.
The Egyptian Center for Human Rights (ECHR) condemned the ongoing sectarian attacks on Egyptian Christians, of which the most recent was witnessed in Al-Lūfi village in the Minya Governorate.  
A tragic incident which claimed the lives of 28 people concluded the year 2016 and its sectarian clashes within Egypt, which reached a total of 19 throughout the country. The proposed change in legislative structure pertaining to this issue, with the Church Building and Restoration Act, is...
A customary reconciliation session took place today between Muslim and Coptic elders of the village of Al-Hawasliya, near Minya, after a Coptic young man was accused of allegedly having a relation with a Muslim girl and forcing her to leave her family.
Egyptian Center for Human Rights expressed alarm on setting the law aside and resort instead to customary reconciliation sessions that further infringe the rule of law.  The Center further said that as long as the State refuses to recognize ongoing sectarian attacks by referring to them as 'single...
Within the framework of ongoing cooperation policy between the newspaper Al-Bawāba News and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), we present to our readers the analytical study on this concern conducted by Dr. Mahmūd Ahmad `Abdallah the political science expert in ACRPS and the...
The letter of the law became lost to the people of al-Minyā after the sectarian conflicts that have occurred in the area forced the al-‘Urfiyaa Council to act as a substitute for the state and its laws. The council was successful in ending the conflicts by deporting people from the area. However,...
Aiming at combating sectarian strife, Egypt's Copts Coalition will submit coming April a draft law on anti-sectarian strife to the House of Representatives. According to founder and president of the Coalition, Fādī Yūsuf, expects the proposal to be discussed and adopted by the House. 
Report about an Arab-West Report visit to Qufada in the district of Maghagha where we met with Shaykh Hamdi Abd al-Fattah and Father Yo’annis about Customary Reconciliation Sessions in Maghagha.  
Georgetown University PhD candidate Matthew Anderson went in July 2015 with Arab-West Report/Center for Arab-West Understanding to Maghagha were we met with several local people, Christians and Muslims, about the expulsion of an extended Christian family from Kafr Darwish following allegations of...
Customary law, commonly referred to as (ʿUrfī [Urfi] ‎ Law), is a set of rules and procedures used by local arbitrators, for reconciliation and conflict resolution.  Urfi law is resorted to by local communities in mostly non-metropolitan areas where it is held that the judicial system is not an...
A coalition of Coptic leaders met with Pope Tawadros and submitted to him legislation to address the sectarian conflicts the previous coalition was dealing with. Bishop Tawadros promised to study the legislation and meet with them again to discuss it. The legislation includes 12 new articles...
A coalition of Coptic Leaders submits legislation addressing tribal conflicts to Bishop Tawadros A coalition of Coptic leaders met with Pope Tawadros and submitted to him legislation to address the sectarian conflicts the previous coalition was dealing with. Bishop Tawadros promised to study the...

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