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A fact-finding commission sent by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) to investigate the sectarian unrest in ‘Izbit Marco and Rajī in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef spotted several dangerous gaps that would result in sectarian problems.
Calm was recovered to the area of ‘Izbit Marco, al-Fashn township, Beni Suef governorate, on Monday (October 29) after clashes between Muslims and Copts outside a church on Sunday (October 28) as security forces wielded control and deployed anti-riot police personnel.
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,...
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...
Coptic leaders and church sources welcomed the decisions by the People’s Assembly human rights committee and the ‘urfī (informal) conciliatory panel to have Coptic families forced out of their homes in Sharbāt village, al-‘Āmrīyah, return to their homes.  
The parliamentary delegation that comprises members of the People's Assembly human rights committee, activists and representatives of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) prevented all journalists and media people from attending the 'urfī (informal) conciliatory session in the area of Burj al-'Arab on...
A statement issued by the general local council in Alexandria condemned the decisions made at the end of an ‘urfī meeting on al-‘Āmrīyah incidents. The statement described the decisions as ones of “submission to the wishes of the assailants and inciters for vandalizing the property of some of the...
A security source said the family of the Christian young man accused of taking photos on his cell phone in Sharbāt village, al-Nahdah area, in the Alexandria district of al-‘Āmrīyah, already left the village before the story was found out while the family of the Muslim woman and her husband...
The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) held the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and police "entirely responsible" for any loss of life, property or that Copts besieged inside a church in the village of Mīt Bashār in al-Zaqāzīq, al-Sharqia governorate, or the Muslims trying to protect the church...
The Salafī al-Nūr Party in the governorate of al-Fayoum precluded a fitnah that almost erupted between a Muslim landlord and a Christian tenant in the town of Sinnūris. 'Abd al-'Azīm 'Abd al-Hamīd and his sons sought last week to terminate the contract of Dāwūd 'Azmī Fahmī and have him out of his...
 The Salafī al-Nūr Party in the governorate of al-Fayoum precluded a fitnah that almost erupted between a Muslim landlord and a Christian tenant in the town of Sinnūris. 'Abd al-'Azīm 'Abd al-Hamīd and his sons sought last week to terminate the contract of Dāwūd 'Azmī Fahmī and have him out of his...
Alexandria Governor Dr. Usāmah al-Fūlī said denied that the deported families were seven, adding some satellite channels exaggerated things in a "community that is enjoying calm and stability" after the incidents that erupted late January 2012. "The 'urfī session, which I attended myself, only...
A fact-finding commission sent by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) to investigate the sectarian unrest in the troubled district of al-'Āmrīyah, Alexandria, revealed that the Christian families forced to leave their homes and property after clashes over a purported love affair...
The Millī (Community) Council in Alexandria, in a statement on Monday, criticized decisions by the 'urfī session to have Copts expelled after their homes and property were set ablaze.
Salafīs have saved the village of Sharbāt, al-Nahdāh neighborhood, in the western Alexandria district of al-'Āmrīyah, from a conflagration that could have consumed everyone in its way, said the spokesman for the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party, the second largest in the Egyptian parliament. 
Lawmaker Dr. ‘Imād Jād threatened to resign from parliament if People’s Assembly Speaker Dr. Sa’d al-Katātnī continues to refuse debating his urgent statement on a crisis that followed an informal ‘urfī (informal) reconciliatory session decision to expel eight Coptic families from al-‘Āmrīyah area...
The recently adopted personal status law endorses the legitimization of the ʿUrfī -or unofficial customary marriage between an Egyptian woman and her non-Egyptian husband, provided the following major 11 conditions are fulfilled:
Dr. Saʿd al-Dīn al-Hilālī, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at al-Azhar University, said that the entire Egyptian society used to perform marriages in a verbal manner (like ʿurfī marriages) until 1931. 
Shaikh `Abdallah Nasr, better known as Shaikh Mīzū, criticized what he terms the Sunni marriage of Salafis in Upper Egypt, especially in Sohāj, with minor girls under the age of 18, considering such marriages as `Ūrfī (not officially registered).
Hānī `Ezzat al-Masrī, founder of Victims of Personal Status Law Association declared a peaceful gathering in front of the Parliament building to protest against the statement delivered by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, during his...

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