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This text presents the program with links to (power point) presentations, reports of sessions and student responses. The executive report of entire program was written by Dr. Matthew Anderson and can be found here. Date of arrival at dormitories: June 25...
“Despite their active participation in all the events of the Revolution and their standing side by side with men, evolving currents on the political scene are working on throwing their (women) social status quo back to the ages of oppression and discrimination”, said Mirvat Tallāwī, president of...
Former member of parliament Jamāl Zahrān said in 2007 the People’s Assembly (parliament) took four months to amend Article 34 of the constitution amidst debates, dialogues and objections, criticizing a vote over a whole constitution in one or two days as “void and illegitimate”. 
  Muhammad Abū Hāmid, former member of the People’s Assembly, said that [the August 24th] protests do not aim to revolt against legitimacy, oust the elected president, or to burn the Freedom and Justice Party headquarters, but to form a public opposition that can apply pressure to achieve its...
  An unsigned article in al-Dustūr also attacks the forthcoming constitution: “after a period not exceeding 60 days the new ‘Brotherhoodite’ constitution will have been prepared … a clear declaration and announcement of the advent of the Brotherhood state principality. Egypt will witness for years...
The women of Egypt: they strove for their political rights and they conducted campaigns for the sake of having women representatives in the committee formulating the Egyptian Constitution of 1954. They were able to have their representatives in the Parliament, at the time known as the National...
The parliamentary delegation as well as some MPs from Alexandria denied that what happened to the Copts in ‘Āmrīyah should be called "displacement". The delegation stressed the rule of law and justice and expressed respect for all endeavors by citizens to reach a conciliatory deal and end the...
Meanwhile, Minister of Awqāf (Religious Endowments) Dr. Muhammad 'Abd al-Fadīl al-Qūsī appealed to preachers and clerics to shoulder their responsibilities and work on bringing the sectarian fitnah to a halt. Mustafá Salāh, the prosecutor of Minyā al-Qamh, ordered placement of 15-year-old Rānyā...
The enactment of the law on the Azhar, known in the media as the Azhar independence law, was severely criticized as it was approved and published in the official gazette a few days before the People's Assembly session.   'Abd al-Ghanī Hindī, the leader of the people's movement for the independence...
  Mu'taz Muhammad, a member of the People's Assembly and leader of the Freedom Party, proposed a fact-finding commission to investigate the incidents of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria in an attempt to detect the perpetrators of the January 1, 2011 deadly blasts that left dozens of Copts killed...
Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb congratulated members of the Azhar's Islamic Research Academy on the enactment of the new law regulating the top Sunni Muslim establishment's affairs, known in the media as the Azhar independence law, issued hours before the People's Assembly session...
Field Marshal Muhammad Husayn Tantāwī, Commander-in-Chief and Chairman of the ruling caretaker Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), issued a decision on Saturday (Jan. 21) appointing ten People's Assembly members, which is starting its maiden session on Monday (Jan. 23).   The list includes...
Dr. Muhammad Badī’, the Muslim Brotherhood Murshid (Guide), called on the new People’s Assembly to debate the issues foreign loans and assistance to Egypt. “The assistance must be channeled through legitimate courses with the knowledge of the Egyptian government without any conditions,” said Badī’...
Between rejection and acceptance reflect the reaction in political circles and Islamic movements to the law on building churches, which was adopted during the plenary session of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday. However, all these reactions, the view of Al-Azhar in this regard remained...
Despite the public positions of the Egyptian State which completely opposes reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, meetings have been held in prisons most likely to formulate a new deal between the group and the State to change the approach of the relations that has always been characterized...
The issue of the ban of the Egyptian Coptic Church on Coptic Christians visiting Jerusalem to perform the pilgrimage rituals was raised in the media and stirred a debate in the past week in concurrence with Easter celebrations. 
Since the ancient Egypt to the present day, the concept of duality colors much of the Egyptian way of thinking. Many symbols were used by the ancient Egyptians, some of their associations and meanings are lost to us.
  Munā Makram ‘Ibīd, a member of the previous People’s Council, said that the golden age for the Copts in Egypt was in the period of liberalism from 1919 to 1952. She justified her claim saying, “At that time we had Sa’ad Zaghlūl as our leader. He was able to join together the Egyptian nation with...
 [AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]
In recent weeks the Muslim Brotherhood has been engaged in public squabbles with the military council over formation of the government. According to most interpretations of the constitutional declaration which guides the transition in Egypt, the presidency – here the military council – has the...

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