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  Two news reports have stoked sectarian tensions in Upper Egypt in recent weeks. The first involves two young Coptic girls who were allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. The second involves a protest at a church were Muslims reportedly threatened to kill the priest...   There is a...
Religious education in Egypt is no longer exclusive to Azharian schools and institutes but there are schools that call themselves ‘Islamic’ that advertise their intentions to offer education in an Islamic manner.
Sectarian violence rocked the Egyptian village of Bimhā, Giza, sparked by Muslim’s anger over alleged Coptic plans to build a church. Violence left 11 Copts injured and 30-Christian owned homes and businesses damaged.
The incidents of sectarian violence in the Egyptian village of Bimhā provoked commentators who believe that the scenario of sectarian unrest related to church building has repeatedly occurred, demanding that the government take prompt actions to resolve the problem of church construction.
Dr. Nasr Allāh al-Barājah, a professor at South Valley University, was suspended for three months after his Coptic students complained that the book he authored and had been teaching contained harsh criticism of Christian doctrines and insults to Christian monks and nuns.
As elections for the Shūrá Council approach, the article discusses the Muslim Brotherhood’s continued intentions to run in the election, despite the fact that they run under a religious slogan “Islam is the Solution.”
The article presents the transcript of a lecture for the Arab Thought Forum. It considers media distortions and mis-representation in the media that only serve to further antagonize Muslim-Christian relations and the perception of Islam and the Arab world in the West. Drs. Cornelis Hulsman explains...
The Abū al-Matāmīr tensions triggered a full-page article in Sawt al-Ummah newspaper claiming that Israel wants to declare a Coptic state in Upper Egypt or Hurghada. Other discussions followed the tensions, some of them very emotional.
Karima, the youngest daughter of a poor Christian villager in Durunka is the heroine of the latest story of conversions of young Christian girls to Islām. Karima’s attempted conversion was about to ignite the fire of strife in Assiut.
This special report provides information about the developments of Wafaa Costantine’s conversion according to news Egyptian newspapers published about her in chronological order
On December 6, four newspapers reported about the rally of dozes of Coptic youth at the St. Mark Cathedral in protest of what they called ?the absence of a Coptic priest’s wife? who was forced to convert Islām. Wafaa Costantine, the wife, belongs to the town of Abū al-Matameer in the Delta...
The Cathedral of St. Nicolas in the Azhar district, Cairo and the Church of St. Saba, the [Greek Orthodox] papal residence in Alexandria, have started receiving condolences for the death of Pope Petrus VII, the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox of Alexandria and all of Africa. Last Saturday, the...
The idea proposed by the Minster of Awqaf [Religious Endowment] Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq inspired wide-scale reactions among Muslim scholars and the public. Many conservative Muslims did not like the idea of unifying the Azan, likely because it is so radically different from what people are used...
Many Arab authors and thinkers highlighted the necessity of using the Arab participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair as ''guest of honor'' to mirror a positive image of Arabs and Muslims to the West. The fair administration dedicated about 1260 m2 for the Arab publishing houses, the biggest space...
The conference on "The freedom of expression of public opinion" started yesterday in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Participants in the conference will discuss a number of research papers about the freedom of expression, publishing rights, and censorship on public opinion and future challenges facing...
The new Coptic year starts on September 11, 2004. The Coptic calendar is based on the Egyptian calendar, which is still used and memorized by Egyptian farmers.
On the third anniversary of the attack of September 11, 2001, Arabic newspapers and magazines published articles marking the event. Most of these articles discussed the impact of these attacks, which are generally attributed to al-Qa?ida, on the Arab Muslim world, US-Islām relations, and Arab-...
During a seminar held at the Journalists? Syndicate, the heavyweight Muslim scholar Shaykh al-Qaradawi discussed, among other subjects, the situation in Iraq. Shaykh al-Qaradawi, the head of the newly established, Ireland-based Union of Muslim Scholars, was quoted as saying that all Americans in...
The siege of a Russian primary school in North Ossetia by Chechen rebels, which ended in massive bloodshed, leaving hundreds dead, and the killing of 12 Nepalis by an Islamic group in Iraq horrified Arabs, prompting self-criticism and fresh concern about an international backlash against Islām.
After the efforts the Brotherhood exerted to cement its ties with the three major opposition parties, the Wafd, the Tagammu and the Nasserist parties, opposition parties decided to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood from a body including all opposition parties pursuing political reform.

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