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Ayman Nūr is a strong proponent of liberal political reforms in Egypt as well as a strong profile on human rights. He has used his seat in parliament to carry out "investigations on everything from bread prices to torture." Only three months after establishing his new party, Ayman Nūr was stripped...
Āmīnah Wadūd; an African-American woman who was raised as a Christian by her father, a Methodist minister, converted to Islam in 1972. Āmīnah Wadūd is widely known for her strong engagement in Islamic feminism and along with other Islamic feminists, Wadūd fights for women’s complete and equal...
Doctor Salāh Salām, member of the National Council for Human Rights, responded to the outrage over the former Justice Minister’s comments wherein he said that sons of refuse collectors could not be appointed to the Judiciary. Salām said that this comment reflects the reality of judicial...
This biography focuses on the Islamic viewpoints of Āḥmad al-Ṭayyib; how he argues from an Islamic perspective and does not attempt to see the world through the eyes of non-Muslims. He strives to represent Islam in the best possible light, talking about it in a very positive way and accordingly...
Pope Frances sent Pope Tawadros a letter marking the second year since they met in the Vatican in 2013. Pope Frances reportedly stressed that their shared faith unites the two parishes now more than any time in the past. Remembering the Christians who have recently been killed in the Middle East,...
Egyptian President ‘Abd al-Fatah al-Sīsī still enjoys popular support for his presidency, but at the same time, cracks are beginning to form in the foundation of his government. Many Egyptians are still awaiting the promised improvements in health and education while they sink deeper into poverty...
Robert Fisk said that Qatar is playing a dangerous game in Egypt pointing to journalist Muhammad Fahmī who was imprisoned by the Egyptian government for 411 days. Fisk explained that Fahamī is convening a conference called “Journalism is not Political” in which he is expected to talk about al-...
Muhammad Fahmī, an Egyptian journalist for al-Jazeera who was arrested in Egypt in 2013 on charges of spreading false news, reported that he would sue al-Jazeera in Canadian court. His lawyer reported that he plans to seek damages of 100 million dollars in compensation for his ordeal. Fahmī claims...
The United Nations is scrutinizing the United States’ human rights record after several violent flare-ups associated with the killings of unarmed black men by police officers around the country. In addition to investigating policing techniques, the United Nations is looking at mass-surveillance...
Hāfidh Abū Sa’adah, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, said that the council will be addressing the President and the head of the government to demand that the justice minister, Mahfūz Sābir, apologize for his controversial remarks that debarred Ibn ‘Āmal al-Nidhāfa from a...
The HRDO Center for digital expression published a report called “The Egyptian Family and the Problems of Personal Status Law.” The report investigates the fragmentation of the Egyptian family, the rising number of divorces and occurrences of pre-marital sex, and the increasing tensions associated...
 The Minister of Religious Endowments recently spoke to the media saying, “these days there are devious voices and destructive points of view calling for abominations with no shame or embarrassment”. He claimed that movements calling for the removal of women’s hijabs as well as points of view that...
The Secretariat of Women for the Egyptian Democratic Party held the second annual conference of women of the party called “Women and Parliament.” The President of the Egyptian Democratic Party asserted at the conference that political Islam does not impose any impediments on women. For his part,...
Transitional Justice Minister Hunaydī reported that he met with the Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce to present Egypt’s point of view regarding the effect of American policies. He added that the goal of the meeting was to examine recent developments connected with human rights and elections...
Munā al-Tahtawī’s new book “Headscarves and Hymens” calls for a revolution in the Middle Eastern women’s mentality. The book begins with a discussion of the women’s body, asserting that the Middle Eastern woman is attacked by Arab culture and traditions which function as a prison to women not just...
Calls on women to protest and take off their hijabs are stirring up a broader debate surrounding the hijab in Egypt. Some women support the idea that women in Egypt should take off their hijabs while others outright refuse it. One woman said that she took off her hijab because of the importance of...
 Israeli newspaper, Jewish Journal, drew attention to a report published by Amnesty International on World Press Freedom Day confirming that there are at least 18 journalists being detained in Egyptian prisons only because they are journalists. The report asserts, “if anyone challenges the...
The American television network Fox News reported that even under President Sīsī, Copts in Egypt still feel isolated and persecuted. One Coptic activist said “we are always the weakest group in society, so when anything happens in any country we are always the first victims.”  (7 May, 2015, Bawābat...
An American report drew attention to the deteriorating state of religious freedom in Egypt since the election of President Sīsī while conceding that he was by far a better alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood. The report went on to praise the tone of religious tolerance that President Sīsī adopted...
The book publisher Dār al-Tanwīr released a report explaining the controversy surrounding the book “Freedom Walls” written by Doctor Sumīr Mahmūd. Alexandria’s Attorney General’s Office confiscated copies of the book last July in order to review and confirm that it does not contain material...
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