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The annual sūfī Iftār was held at the headquarters of the ‘Azmiyyah tarīqah in the neighborhood of Sayyidah Zaynab yesterday. As well as the presence of several Sūfī sheikhs, there was also a diplomatic Iranian delegation present, under the supervision of Tawfīq al-Samdī, political advisor to the...
The decisions taken by the Minister of Endowment Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah is controversial. They include prohibiting non- Azharites from giving sermons in mosques as well as imposing a fine on mosques that hang the banner of “have you prayed for the prophet today.”
Thousands of Sufi followers have come to Cairo to visit the mosque of Sayyidah Zaynab, the granddaughter of the prophet, to celebrate her mūlid.
Last week on Tuesday, at Bayt al-Sinnarī cultural center in al-Sayyidah Zaynab, Dr. Muṣṭafā al-Fiqī, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), launched a program to combat extremism and terrorism, directed at middle and secondary school students. It is a program that is aiming at the new...
Bayt al-Sinnārī [al-Sinārī House], [a historic building affiliated with Bibliotheca Alexandrina operating as a cultural outlet in the historic neighborhood of Sayīdah Zaynab in Cairo], will host an educational course on the Arab and Islamic culture starting July 16.
In cooperation with the Institute of Coptic Studies, al-Sinnārī House [one of the ancient remaining bourgeois mansions] in al-Sayīda Zaynab district, Cairo, will hold a celebration next Thursday to honor Egyptian women for the vital roles they played in the Egyptian life, as well as female saints...
Dr. Mustafa al-Fiqi, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), and Shihāb al-Dīn Ādam Shah, the charge d’affaires of Malaysia to Egypt, will inaugurate the exhibition “Faith and Power, Women in Islam” on Saturday, June 3, at 9:00p.m. at Bayt al-Sinnārī in Sayyida Zaynab. The exhibition is a joint...
On the 9th of March, The Center for Coptic Studies at the Library of Alexandria will organize the “Annual Day of Coptic Heritage” at the al-Sinārī House in the al-Sayyida Zaynab neighborhood in Cairo, which is affiliated with the Library of Alexandria. The celebration will include an artistic...
On one of the many times Egyptian people took the streets shouting against the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria, side by side with the Turks and the Mamluks, one of the protesters shouted, “Kill the Nasāra (the Christians) and fight them!” Soon the masses followed, chanting and killing whoever...
Kūrnīsh al-Nīl area, beside the building of the Egyptian television, is Nevine Naguib's way to work every day. One day, during Copts protest on the demolishing of the church of Two Martyrs, Saint Mina and Saint George in 'Ātfīh, she had a personal experience on the ideologies of some Muslims...
 AWR's managing director Hānī Labīb analyzes a paper that was distributed by salafīs downtown Cairo, protesting the alleged imprisonment of Kāmīliyā Shihātah, the wife of a priest who alegedly wanted to convert to Islam for divorce reasons.    
In a clear divergence from official pronouncements that ban the activity, some 200 Shī‘ah men, women, and children in white robes shut themselves into the Al-Husayn Mosque and performed their rights for more than an hour on Wednesday. They were not prevented by security nor by the mosque...
The following presents an interview with Tarek Heggy at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation. Drs. Cornelis Hulsman and staff members discuss sensitive issues throughout the Arab world.
Woman’s rights from the Islamic perspective is a controversial issue. This issue was misused by fanatics who want to prevent her to go to work. They also belittle her natural and intellectual faculties.On the other hand, the secularists exploited this issue, calling for the emancipation of women...
Book review of "Among the Copts" by our board member Revd. Dr. John Watson. Mostyn writes "the Anglican priest and Coptic specialist John Watson notes: ’The inevitable struggle between Copt and Muslim is always bubbling beneath the surface of national life.’ The Coptic Pope Shenouda’s demagogic...
After the crisis around Haider’s novel "A Banquet for Seaweed" developed fast, the fire also spread inside the Labor Party itself. The bomb exploded in the hand that carried it. Internal conflicts sparked in the party including the conflict over its presidency.
Dr. Mamdouh Al-Biltagi, Minister of Tourism, announced the registration of the National Egyptian Heritage Revival Association (NEHRA) as an NGO in the Ministry of Social Affairs. The organization aims to revive symbols of the Egyptian national heritage which includes the religious -Islamic and...
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