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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.
Al-Azhar Observatory for Combating Extremism has condemned the Zionist entity’s plans to build about 3000 settlements on lands belonging to the Orthodox Church on the border of the town of "Bayt Ṣafāfā". These plans threaten to besiege the occupied city of Jerusalem and isolate it from its...
The Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna [ʿAṭā Allāh Ḥannā] commented on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree which paved the way for the Cathedral of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) to be converted into a mosque. The Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem criticised this...
For decades now, Egyptian Coptic Christians and Muslims have been citing widely diverging numbers for the percentage of Christians in Egypt. In the absence of reliable, published data, the figures vary wildly, anywhere from 6 to 24 percent of population.
"I have not been able to go home for a month now." It is with this statement that Shaykh Muhammad 'Abdullah Nasr, coordinator of the group Azharians for a civil state and a Tahrir Square preacher, disclosed the chase launched against him by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the Salafists. In an...
As soon as the crescent moon marking the start of Shaʿbān, the month that precedes the fast month of Ramadan,wealthy Egyptian, actors and actresses, celebrities and religious figures begin to compete with each other in the preparation of mawā’id al-raḥmān, or charity iftars, which fill the streets...
The Egyptian Salafi Dāfi’ (defending) Movement issued an official statement on Saturday condemning the appointment of Nadia ‘Abduh to the position of governor of al-Beheirah, calling it “not permissible”. The Salafi movement said in the controversial statement that, “A People will not succeed who...
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...
Researcher Silvana George ʿAttallah, reports that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the forerunner of the Christian world, was built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD in the basilica style.

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