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Ayman Muḥammad Rabīʿ al-Ẓawāhirī is a Muslim who claims that he is committed to bring the golden age of the caliphate back, and advocates a violent means of jihād to achieve his objectives. His own native country Egypt, along with many other countries, considers him a terrorist. During the 1990s,...
In Luxor - the ancient Egyptian city that draws thousands of tourists each year – a facebook campaign has prompted the arrest of nine police officers accused of torturing the man to death.
A resident of the Egyptian village Ruzayqāt, filed a claim at the police station of the city of Armant , southern Luxor claiming that a candidate had threatened of kidnapping his son if he doesn't give him his vote in the second round of parliamentary elections.
The ministry of social solidarity closes 9 NGOs in Luxor because of their links to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The representative of the ministry in Luxor added “these NGOs will be closed completely by next week and their money and property will be claimed by the ministry to aid other NGOs” Read more ...
As a student who signed up to study Arabic in the autumn of 2010, I looked forward to the third year of my degree (abroad in an Arabic-speaking country) with a lot of excitement – there were so many options to choose from. I had organised a three-month teaching placement in Muscat, Oman to begin in...
Of course in our office we had discussions about terrorism following the attack on Korean tourists in Sinai. I do not feel threatened in Cairo. Our office manager Adel Rizkallah gave me this text from Al-Ahram, dated February 18, as a background to the discussion taking place in Egypt.  I have used...
Luxor Misdemeanors Court headed by Judge Muhammad al-Tamāwī has fined the teacher Dimīyānah ʿUbayd ʿAbd al-Nūr EgP100 thousand. Dimīyānah faced the charges of insulting Islam and the Prophet as well as proselytizing her students at Naga El Sheikh Sultan (Naj’ al-Shaykh Sultān) primary school in the...
On June 14th Al-Misrī Al-Yawm reported that on June 13th tensions between Christians and Muslims flared-up in al-Sawāqī, a district in the Upper Egyptian town of Luxor, after one Muslim man allegedly verbally harassed a Christian woman. A group of Christian men reportedly retaliated by beating the...
The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) has published a report on the sectarian violence that occurred in Egypt throughout 2011. The report, released in Arabic and English, focuses on sectarian violence against Copts, particularly after the 25th of January 2011. It is based on documentation by Egyptian and...
I. Introduction In 2007, Rā’id al-Sharqāwī, a retired Egyptian coast guard intelligence officer, provided former intern Maria Rezzonico figures on the number of Copts in Egypt by governorate. These numbers were never published and so, in December of 2011, Ra’ed was interviewed once more to compile...
Previously, I have written in Arab-West Report about people who have influenced me, such as former Dutch Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Daniel van der Meulen (1894–1989), who stimulated my interest in the Arab world and Muslim-Christian relations. Syrian-Orthodox Bishop, Samuel Aktash of the Tur...
A delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) visited the Virgin Mary Church in Luxor in an attempt to pacify the fitnah tā'fīyah ignited by the former regime. The MB assured that their relations with Copts are good, but they were marred by the former regime. Rumors had spread during the past few...
The America Coptic Union has called on Coptic people to stage a sit-in at the Coptic Cathedral al-‘Abbāsiyyah / Cairo until the bishops and priests who were arbitrarily suspended, are restored, and Pope Shenouda goes.
Dr. Isaac Fānūs freely spoke his mind about the issues he found important. Dr. Fānūs was critical about ecclesiastical institutions and leadership, including those in his own Coptic Orthodox Church. In this interview religions are described as societal entities that humans have created and...
In a new and exciting development, disagreements have exploded between the leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiyya abroad A war of words started between what is called the European Group and the Afghanistan Group similar to the war of words that started after the Luxor massacre between the two sides.
Sidhom writes about a letter from Bishop Yo’anis Zakarya, the Catholic bishop of Luxor who wrote about the despair of Christians in a village near Luxor who are not allowed to rebuild their church after they had demolished it in order to rebuild it.
Interview of al-Arabi with Montasser Al-Zayat, the lawyer of Gama’at al-Islamiya. Al-Arabi accused him of maneuvering, spoke about the termination of his role and the death of the Gama’at al-Islamiya and its weakness. Zayat, instead, calls himself a mediator between the Gama’at al-Islamiya and the...
In the first major shoot-out in the capital since 1996, four militants were shot dead during a police raid in a Pyramids Road slum district.
Security forces detected a four-man cell led by Gamaa Islamiya commander Farid Salem Abdel Qadr Kedwani in a flat in the alleys of a slum district near the Pyramids, and moved in as a matter of routine. In the ensuing hour-long firefight the four militants were killed. Islamist lawyer Montasser Al...
Campaigns and plots aim to destroy Egypt’s reputation abroad. Worse are the damages caused by the poisoned fatwas of the "Sheikhs of ’Al-Takfir’ [sheiks of apostasy] and Fame". Confiscating a book in Egypt with a religious Fatwa is not less dangerous than declarations of Copts in the countries of...
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