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An unidentified author in Rose al-Yūsuf magazine denies that Islam permits the punishment of those who revert from Islam. After citing examples from the Qur'ān and Hadīth, the writer goes on to say: “those who espouse radical religious ideas deny the role of reason because they wish to impose their...
Egypt’s former Minister of Culture and columnist Ḥilmī al-Namnam, said that “Egypt is living a situation of strong sectarian tensions, and those who deny it attempt to pull wool over the eyes of others. It is not true at all that history of sectarianism is linked to Sadat’s times: it goes way...
Today marks the anniversary of the prominent author Iḥsān ʿAbd al-Qudūs’ death on January 11th, 1990.  ʿAbd al-Qudūs is responsible for the most famous stories in Egyptian cinema. In the following, we offer some words on his live… his upbringing? His relationship with women? His family? And how was...
Minister of Culture Ḥilmī al-Namnam expressed his happiness for attending the discussion of the book al-Ṭarīq ilā dāʿish [The Road to ISIS] in the Rose al-Yūsuf Foundation, one of the beacons of freedom [of expression].
On May 24, 1960, Egypt's President Jamāl `Abd al-Nāsser (1954-1970) nationalized the press in Egypt. All privately owned press organizations had to hand their ownerships to the Egyptian Government, who eventually, appointed the editors-in chief.
Egypt's Cultural Directorate of Great Cairo hosts tomorrow, Tuesday, a seminar titled “Ethical Corruption And Its Impact On Society” at Qasr Al-Thaqāfa (Cultural Palace) in Heliopolis, Cairo.
Background: It was reported that the police arrested several Christian men because of the absence of a license for selling films, but this is unjust, according to Maurice Ṣādiq, a Coptic Christian human rights lawyer. These men have been working in sales of films for a long time, but now all of a...
Background: Dr. Muḥammad Saʿīd al-ʿAshmāwī (1932 – 7.11.2013) was an Egyptian Supreme Court judge and former head of the Court of State Security. He was a specialist in comparative and Islamic Law at Cairo University and is often described as “one of the most influential liberal Islamic thinkers...
Background: The following tape concerns a recording for an EO radiobroadcast of Cornelis Hulsman interviewing a Jordan politician; ʿAbd al-Raʾūf al-Rawābdah in 1995; he became the Prime Minister of Jordan in 1999. The interview is in regards to the Jordan-Israeli peace settlements. The rest of the...
Background: Emanuel Marx was an Israeli professor at Haifa University in Israel and director of the Israeli Academic Centre in Cairo during the 1990s. After the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed on 26 March 1979, the two countries agreed on establishing this center in Cairo as to foster better...
Background: Father Christiaan van Nispen tot Sevenaer (15.3.1938 – 12.5.2016), often known as Father van Nispen, was a Jesuit priest, who is strongly involved in dialogue with Muslims. He says not to feel at all oppressed as a Christian in Egypt by Islamic militant groups, but argues instead that...
Ṭāriq al-Bishrī was born in El Helmaya in Cairo on February 1, 1933. al-Bishrī’s initial political works focused on national political independence. According to al-Bishrī, Egyptian national independence was related to the international movements for independence, Arab unity, and to a sovereign...
Michael Munīr was born in 1968 in Egypt in Abu Qurqas near Minia to a Coptic Catholic family even though he today considers himself Coptic Orthodox. Munīr refers to his life in Egypt as a member of an oppressed Christian minority without religious freedom, citing this as his reason to emigrate to...
Hāla Muṣṭafā was born in Egypt in 1958, although Muṣṭafā was appointed to be a member of the new Policies Committee of the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 2002, Muṣṭafā presents herself as an independent writer and thinker more than a party member. This commitment is reflected in her...
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...
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...
Conversion in Egypt is a complicated and thorny issue.
This paper is an attempt to outline and illustrate the many facets of the Arab media's reaction to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the profound emotions it stirred in so many Arabs and Arab journalists. 
The issue of church building in Egypt is among the most misunderstood and misreported subjects affecting Muslim-Christian relations.

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