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In a previous article, the author tackled the issue that Islam cannot be considered a rule of state, but a matter of faith, in particular because the schools of Islam have not given a decisive written opinion nor was this issue [of equity in inheritance] a matter imposed by force.Hence, the...
With deep shock and disbelief, the world was taken aback by the brutal and gruesome act of terror that claimed the lives of more than 49 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones affected by this dreadful tragedy.
‘Izbit al-Najārīn, an area belonging to the Masārrah village of Dayrūt, and home to 3,000 Copts, has been under threat from a gang led by a man named Jabrūt K ("J.K."). The gang has been threatening to kidnap villagers’ children if they do not pay ransom money. The situation began at the beginning...
Egyptian columnist Ḥamdī Rizq writes this week: Sectarian strife is more severe than murder, indeed, more severe than murder. Sectarian strife is the door to all evils, and God has mercy on us from sectarian strife as manifested in Minya.
Events in Minya have escalated recently, and sectarianism has reared its ugly face once again. Bishop Makarius [Makāriyūs], the General Bishop of Minya and Abu Qurqāṣ, remains the champion of the scene, where he alone is held responsible for the aftermath of unrest in the governorate. 
Preface by Cornelis Hulsman: In 1997 I started making press overviews on issues related to Muslim-Christian relations and founded the Religious News Service from the Arab World which later was renamed Arab-West Report. Between June 13, 1997 and July 11, 1998 I collected articles from al-Muslimoon...
Copts in Dayrūt of Asyut Governorate are terrified following repeated attacks by groups of thugs. 
In Tantā, on December 27, 2012, an Islamist attacked a Christian woman and beat her with a stick on her back, calling her an “infidel” for not wearing a hijāb and wearing makeup.  The victim’s name is Marsa. After Marsa finished her work in the University’s Hospital, a bearded man wearing a white...
Several Copts in al-Menya complained they were targets for armed robberies, which was confirmed by human rights advocacy groups.
Prime Minister Hishām Qandīl’s beat-about-the-bush remarks that there were no forced evictions of some families in Rafah and that only one family preferred to relocate to another area would never be bought by a KG-1 child.
"I have not been able to go home for a month now." It is with this statement that Shaykh Muhammad 'Abdullah Nasr, coordinator of the group Azharians for a civil state and a Tahrir Square preacher, disclosed the chase launched against him by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the Salafists. In an...
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
Egyptian business magnate Najīb Sawirus said Copts, who resemble the Red Indians of America, are suffering persecution and discrimination, adding the new government in Egypt has picked only one Christian minister out of 48 Muslim ministers. [Rihāb ‘Abd Illah, al-Yawm al-Sābi’, Nov. 16, p. 1] Read...
Lawyer and activist Najīb Jabrā’īl, Chairman of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, said Egyptians are one fabric that al-Tahrīr Square has seen the blood of both Muslims and Christians shed and mixed together. He said his organization is defending the rights of Copts from a...
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,...
Despite political and societal efforts made to protect women’s rights and solve their deep-seated family problems, women's and human rights organizations believe they are still in an inferior, or at least an unfair, position in the face of violence, underage marriage, FMG, harassment and political...
Concerns are dominating the media establishment after a decision to close down the al-Farā’īn channel owned by Tawfīq ‘Ukāshah following accusations of instigation against the president of the republic and the confiscation of an issue of al-Dustūr newspaper for nearly the same reason.
An ad hoc committee set up to defuse the Dahshūr crisis, where Mu’āz Muhammad Hasab Allāh was killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians, rejected a protest staged outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday (Aug. 14) to condemn the forced displacement of Copts from their homes in the impoverished...
Today’s overview includes yet another quarrel between two Muslim and Christian families only nearly a week after the Dahshūr crisis first stirred by a burnt shirt was settled. However, this quarrel in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag has some similarity to the Dahshūr problem; a trivial...
Egyptian churches rejected insistence by salafī members of the constituent assembly drafting a news constitution for Egypt that Copts should be compelled to pay the zakāh.  

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