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Maria Kicha is a Russian writer, a PhD in Law, a historian, and traveler. Apart from teaching at Russian State University of Justice, research of the Middle East is her key occupation. Even though she does not usually refer to herself as an Oriental Studies specialist, Maria is the author of three...
The following text contains sensitive information and highlights various concerns from an Egyptian ambassador regarding foreign influence on political and environmental decisions and movements in Egypt.
Regardless of how the political situations in Lebanon and Iraq may end, there is no doubt that the movements occurring there have come to represent an important transition in the consciousness of their citizens.  They have come to question the competency of confessional forms of governance that...
On Thursday, September 12, the Cairo Research Center, located in the All Saints' Cathedral buildings in Zamalek, organized a summer workshop dedicated to the topic of Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. The day began with an introduction on the Center for Arab-West Understanding and its most...
Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb said that the top Sunni establishment is vigilant on any attempts to disrupt religious unity and national fabric in Egypt.
The people of Harbit village in Sharqiya governorate held a reconciliation meeting with the son of Ismaīl Shihātah, the Shi’ite leader, who was killed in Abū Nimris last month, and his Salafī neighbor. The Salafī groups in the city denied that the brawls had any relation to religious doctrines (...
Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back wit
For the fifth year respectively, The Egyptian ministry of endowments announced on Wednesday's evening the closure of a shrine attributed to Imam al-Ḥussāyn binʿAlī in conjunction with the celebrations of ʿashūrā’ which began yesterday. Egyptian security forces stepped up their presence in front of...
ISIS has released more than 20 photos of the destruction of religious shrines of both Sunni and Shi’ite saints in Nineveh, Iraq. A statement of ISIS stated that these shrines are idols and that the sharī’ah prohibits them and that Islam’s judgment is that they should be destroyed until leveled with...

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