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This text was first published in Christianity Today on January 23, 2012. Please click here for the link.Egypt’s parliamentary elections are over. While noting irregularities, former US president Jimmy Carter, through his Carter Center for promoting democracy, has judged the elections to be “...
Salafi politics has taken Egypt by storm. This has surprised many commentators who underestimated their base of thought and non-political nature. For others, it has been a validation of years of Salafi work in mosques and surrounding communities to preach Islam and help the poor.   As an aid to...
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III led the Eastern Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-'Abbāssīyah, attended by members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
The Azhar vehemently rejected the setting up of a so-called Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), asserting that the top Sunni Muslim establishment is the only Muslim reference concerned with religious affairs in Egypt. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, Jan. 5, p. 14...
[This is a full transcript of an interview made on December 2, 2011] The results of the first round of the Egyptian elections show that Islamist parties appear to have won by a landslide. The Muslim Brotherhood created the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) that has apparently received 40-45 percent...
[Lamīs Yahyá is an Egyptian student living in Germany who is supporting the Egyptian student movement for democratization in Egypt. She earlier wrote the investigative report on the conflict around the building of a Coptic Orthodox Church in Marīnāb, September 30, 2011.]
In an attempt to ease the tension between protesters in al-Tahrīr square and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), 65 activists and public figures suggest opening up nominations for presidential candidates on 25 January, closing the nomination period on the anniversary of former President...
The trial of suspects from the military involved in the virginity tests and the October 9 Maspero incidents before a court martial is underway, according to Maj. General 'Ādil al-Mursī, the president of the military judiciary organization. ['Alī Shām, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 21, p. 3] Read the original text...
The morning of elections, I marveled at the political acumen of the Muslim Brotherhood. By afternoon, I was disappointed. At polling stations across Egypt the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party volunteers manned tables equipped with laptop computers and logged into the voter registration...
I took a stroll through our neighborhood this morning to see the early activity surrounding our four public schools hosting parliamentary elections. Polls opened at 8am, and I crossed the street, walked a block, and began to observe. A few things stuck me immediately. First, a long line. Over 100...

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