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An unidentified author in Rose al-Yūsuf magazine denies that Islam permits the punishment of those who revert from Islam. After citing examples from the Qur'ān and Hadīth, the writer goes on to say: “those who espouse radical religious ideas deny the role of reason because they wish to impose their...
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...
The ideas presented by researcher Islām Biḥayrī aim to renew religious discourse by updating, criticizing, and purifying it from impurities that have been associated with it over time. 
Intellectual schizophrenia is one of the basic components in the historical discourse of Islamic thought and religion. The phenomena of this component are manifested in many issues, some of which have been surrounded and protected by a solid shield of sacredness based on ignorance of the nature of...
Today, on Ramadan 7 of the Hijrah year 1438, prayers were held for the first time at Al-Azhar Mosque more than one thousand year ago. Being the first mosque established in the city of Cairo which was founded by Al-Mū`izz li-Dīn Allāh of the Fatimid Caliphate in the month of Ramadan of the Hijrah...
Sherīn Khān and Sālihah Mariam Fat'h, the mosque’s two imams, shared the ceremony. Khān called for prayer, the adhān, and made an opening speech, and Fat'h delivered the khūtbah, or sermon, on the theme of “women and Islam in a modern world”.
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...
Shaikh `Adel Nasr, official spokesman of the al-Da`wa al-Salafiyya Group in Egypt said on the Groups' internet website that khitān (circumcision) is one of the tenets of Islam and of the Millat Ibrahīm (the ideology of Prophet Abraham in the Qur'ān).
‟If an Imam sides with one group, he risks to push the entire institution and the mosque off course. The mosque would be split either into Salafi, Sufi, Muslim Brothers, or Liberal, as is the case nowadays; and this is inconceivable.” These words reflect the methodology Al-`Alawāni adopted in his...
Egypt's Minister of (religious) Endowments, Muhammad Mukhtār Jom`a, said that religious discourse is a message that is first and foremost religious, but has been used for political and partisan purposes. According to the Minister, traders of religion are detrimental for the entire society, and must...
In the aftermath of the "January 25 Revolution", when the Egyptians overthrew their former president Hosni Mubārak in 2011, new media presenters emerged, highlighting the vacuum experienced by the satellite channels in the country during the Mubārak era. Old media presenters re-appeared, taking the...
As we witness the times of crises Egypt and the Middle East are going through, the question is raised whether a dialogue between Islam and Christianity is needed?
Background: Father Christiaan van Nispen tot Sevenaer (15.3.1938 – 12.5.2016) was a Jesuit priest and had been in Egypt since 1962. Van Nispen had a PhD in Islam which he received in Serbonne, Paris. Besides his PhD, he also studied Philosphy and Islam and had been active in the formation within...
  Interviewers: Cornelis Hulsman, Eline Kasanwidjojo, Quinta Smit   Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Approved by interviewee   The interview with Jerome Drevon, a French PhD student, focuses on the Islamic...
  Interviewer: Quinta Smit   Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Interpreter: Muḥammad Saʿīd   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Approved by interviewee     Bassām al-Zarqā, a leading member of the Nūr Party and advisor to president Muḥammad Mursī...
The interview was recorded and transcribed by Quinta Smit. Dr. ʿImād Shāhīn has seen and approved this transcript. This interview was part of an Arab-West Report project for a book on Islamist movements during the year 2013. Data collected were placed online in June 2016. Prof. ʿImād Shāhīn is an...
  Interviewer: Quinta Smit   Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Interpreter: Jayson Casper   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Requested and no objection received   Al-Sharīf talks about the reasons for establishing Al-Aṣāla Party, its membership...
Interviewer: Quinta Smit Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript) Transcript: Quinta Smit Approval: Approved by interviewee   The interview was conducted with a member of the Waṭan Party, just after he had left politics. He was never involved in politics...
Interviewers: Eline Kasanwidjojo, Quinta Smit Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript) Interpreter: Hamdī ( last name unknown, friend of Mahmūd Fathī) Transcript: not mentioned Approval: Requested and no objection received   This is the second transcript of...
Al-Maktab Al-Misrī has published a book titled Media in Islam writtenby Dr. Rif`at Al-Dab`i. The book establishes a new science called Media in Islam that presents Surātfrom the Qūr'ān and Hadīth, beside a selection of Noble Prophetic Traditions.

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