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[The text was written as a chapter for Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission, Edited by Hans Aage Gravaas, Christof Sauer, Tormod Engelsviken, Maqsood Kamil and Knud Jørgensen. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Vol.
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’.
On April 25, 2013, Jihad Watch contributor Raymond Ibrahim (Ibrāhīm) published in Middle East Forum what he titled “Death to Churches Under Islam; A Study of the Coptic Church.” 
In post-Revolutionary Egypt the government is in a weakened state with little or no capacity to enforce laws. Many citizens have chosen to take advantage of this power vacuum to construct churches, mosques, and other buildings in their villages. This article highlights construction in several...
Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at...
Polemics are poison to interfaith relations. Unfortunately the salve of dialogue and cooperation often fails to make as wide an impression, leaving wary religious communities under the assumption of mutual opposition. Polemics reduces ambiguity and nuance, allowing the non-specialist citizen to...
Our November 4 review of Prof. Hans Jansen’s article “Copts” in Hoeiboei, on October 14th led Jansen to write that “Most arguments in defence of Islam are known in The Netherlands for what they are, it makes little sense to repeat these another time. With best wishes, Hans Jansen.” [ In Dutch: De...
Veteran journalist Lex Runderkamp visited Egypt to report about what happened on September 30th in Mārīnāb. He reported for Dutch TV, in prime time, on November 26th [Title: “Conflict between Copts and Muslims is complicated”].
ContentsI. Jansen’s argument: Copts are killed when they violate the Shari’a  II. My comment: Jansen should have mentioned the general lack of security in Egypt  III. Jansen does not know about the construction of new churches in recent years  IV. Does the Shari’a prohibit the building of churches...

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