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Egypt's Islamophobia Observatory strongly condemned the Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders’s call for holding a cartoon drawing contest of the Prophet Muḥammad later this year at his party’s parliamentary offices.
Background: Maria van der Hoeven is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party. She served as Minister of Economic Affairs from 2007-2011. Side A: The Dutch Minister Maria van der Hoeven is in Cairo on a visit the Dutch-Flemish institute. The first topic discussed was...
A member in the 18-man committee supervising the papal elections revealed that Bishop Pachomius alone would decide on the names of the seven candidates for the pope position, if a large number of bishops and monks applied, in accordance with the 1957 statute that stipulates candidates must not be...
During ceremonies to commemorate Pope Shenouda III on the occasion of the 40th day of his departure at the St. Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah, several officials and dignitaries spoke on the virtues of the deceased prelate including Dr. Yahyá al-Jamal, former deputy premier...
On the other hand, the Dutch diplomacy and clerics in the Netherlands embarked on activities to disown a new anti-Islam book by ultra-rightist politician Geert Wilders, expected to be published soon in New York. Wilders, the Dutch lawmaker who devoted his life to “stopping the Islamization of...
During ceremonies to commemorate Pope Shenouda III on the occasion of the 40th day of his departure at the St. Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah, several officials and dignitaries spoke on the virtues of the deceased prelate including Dr. Yahyá al-Jamal, former deputy premier...
Meanwhile, MP Muhammad al-‘Umdah, Vice-Chairman of the People’s Assembly Legislative Committee, submitted a proposal to Dr. Sa’d al-Katātnī, the parliament speaker, to name the Defense & National Security Committee hall after Pope Shenouda and put his picture there in recognition of his role to...
A member in the 18-man committee supervising the papal elections revealed that Bishop Pachomius alone would decide on the names of the seven candidates for the pope position, if a large number of bishops and monks applied, in accordance with the 1957 statute that stipulates candidates must not be...
Priest Angelus, the secretary of Bishop Pachomius, denied that the interim leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church ran in the elections over the chair of St. Mark the Apostle, adding Bishop Pachomius has over and again said he would not seek any positions and only seeks the service of the church and...
According to the 1957 statute, May 15 will mark the 60th day the papal chair became vacant, Bishop Abrām told al-Ahrām in a meeting attended by Counselors Edward Ghālib and Malak Mīnā, members of the candidacy committee secretariat. Ghālib said the mass media offers suggests incorrect names and...
In the Netherlands, the Council of State, or Raad van State in Dutch, the highest legal advisory body in the country, rejected a draft law banning the niqāb [Muslim female head-to-toe cover dress code] the government, which is in alliance with the ultra-rightist Geert Wilders, was planning to see...
The Observatory of Islamophobia, an affiliate of the Egyptian Fatwa House welcomed the opportunity to conduct a national dialogue with Netherlands about Islam before the parliamentary elections. In this dialogue, hundreds of Dutch citizens were able to participate in a national debate about Islam.
Dr. Muhammad  Ṣalāḥ agrees with the report „Inside the Jihadi Mind“ of the Tony Blair Foundation that the ideology if IS needs to be confronted. Ideology only can be confronted by another ideology. Communication is needed. “We need dialogue with Dāʿish and anyone else to bring them back within the...
We are living in a world of much polarization.  This negative energy drives communities apart rather than combining their strengths to work together towards a better society. Arab-West Report was founded in 1997 to fight this negative energy. We are small and thus work only developed slowly but in...
We often hear about the radical statements and fatwás of Muslims and about uncompromising Christian or secular activists who can appeal to populist sentiments and mistrust of the ‘other’.
Bishop Abrām of al-Fayyoum, the secretary of the committee receiving papers of candidates for the papal chair in succession of Pope Shenouda III, refused to reveal names of applicants, adding the names of the seven candidates, of whom three to be selected, will be announced on May 15. [Ashraf Sādiq...
PVV spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Raymond de Roon, MP for the party of Geert Wilders, published on October 11th a blacklist of “Islamic Violence Against Christians in Egypt in 2011”. This list is a simplified version of what was previously published in (internet) publications in the West—many of...
*/ A French law banning prayers in the streets, which was approved by the government the day before yesterday (September 16), caused widespread controversy between French Muslims, when the decision forced them to rent military barracks to perform their Friday prayers due to size constraints in...
  Last week, an Amsterdam court found Dutch politican Geert Wilders not guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims. AWR Chief Editor Cornelis Hulsman argues that Wilders' inflammatory statements about Islam should not be protected by Dutch law.   There is a full-text available for this summary if...
  Is Islam responsible for the recent increase in sectarian violence against Coptic Christians? AWR Chief Editor Cornelis Hulsman responds in this week's editorial.      

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