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[First published on May 17, 2014 on the website of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) in Lebanon. Republished with the permission of the author and IMES in Arab-West Report]
Raymond Ibrahim, author of “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians,” is blatantly anti-Muslim in his writings. He is doing ‘well’ in creating fear for Muslims.  Ibrahim interprets all violence of Muslims against Christians as something that is motivated through Islam as religion....
The tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Hijrī calendar is known as ‘Āshūrā’. This day, is a sacred day celebrated by both Sunnīs and Shī’ah Muslims alike albeit for different reasons. Despite sharing this day in common, it highlights differences and brings memories of unjustified...
Few subjects are so sensitive in Egypt as the conversion from one religion to the other. It is often difficult to find out the truth in such stories with all of the possible interests involved, both of the convert and the people around him or her. One can obtain a better glimpse of the various...
Egyptian media are full of reports on the work of the current Constituent Assembly. On November 22, Arab-West Report met with Rev. Dr. Safwāt al-Bayādī, President of the Protestant Churches in Egypt and member of the Constituent Assembly. Arab-West Report had previously attended a conference of...
One of the greatest horrors that can befall a family is the sudden disappearance of their child. No country in the world could doubt such tragedy. Why then does controversy surround Coptic minors? There are two prominent reasons, and both relate to the contested sectarian nature of Egyptian...
The Maspero Youth Union has decided to participate in the June 30 demonstrations, stressing that President Muhammad Mursi (Mursī)'s attempt to win Copts' side by building a new church will fail. The Copts do not want to build churches, however they want a secure homeland with freedom and social...
In a recent report by the New York Times, a clear trend towards migration has emerged among successful businessmen from Egypt’s Coptic community. Coptic businessmen remain a significant force in the trade, finance and accounting sectors. One of the clear motivating factors for this phenomenon is...
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern about the status of religious minorities and religious freedoms in Egypt. USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report stated despite the progress made by the transitional government in advancing religious freedoms, and a...
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern about the status of religious minorities and religious freedoms in Egypt. USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report stated despite the progress made by the transitional government in advancing religious freedoms, and a...
There is an atmosphere of concern in the village of al-Wāstá in the governorate of Beni Suef following the disappearance of the Muslim girl, Rānā Hātim Kamāl al-Shāzlī. On Wednesday, March 20, there was a march to protest the girl’s disappearance during which shops owned by Copts were forcefully...
The Shūrá Council discussed Egypt’s relations with Libya and Sudan and the crisis faced by Coptic Egyptians in Libya. A fact-finding commission will be formed to put an end to the strenuous conditions faced by Egyptians in a number of countries, including Libya. A second committee will also be...
The Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches announced their withdrawal from participating in the national dialogue called for by President Muhammad Mursī Monday evening, February 25, 2013. According to the spokesperson for the Catholic Church, the Churches are not against national...
Ahmad Fahmī, speaker of the Shūrá Council, announced that President Muhammad Mursī (Morsi) responded to the request of the Coptic Orthodx Church to change the dates of the parliamentary election so that it does not conflict with the Christian Easter holiday (Muhammad Husayn, al-Hurīyah wal-‘Adālah...
A group of Coptic youth gathered outside the Saint Mark Cathedral in al-'Abbāsīyah and held 30 minutes of silence to protest against the Church leaders’ decision to intervene in politics. In a statement published by the Associated Press, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II allegedly said that he...
The political [Coptic] activist George Ishāq, member of the National Salvation Front, said that the Egyptian State Television banned the broadcasting of a recorded interview with him on Channel One and al-Misriya Satellite channel. He was interviewed by “al-Akhir” or “The Last” TV Show hosted by...
In an unprecedented step in the history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign from his position on February 28, 2013. This announcement has led to mixed reactions in the West (Gīhān Mustafá, al-Misrīyūn, Feb. 13, p. 6). Read original text in Arabic.
For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 11 that he will resign as pope on February 28, 2013. Below is the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration, as presented on the Vatican website:
Coptic movements will come together with the opposition movements already scheduled on Friday, February 1, 2013 hoping to overthrow the first "legitimately" elected president in the history of Egypt. [John ‘Abd al-Malāk, al-Misrīyūn, Jan. 31, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic
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