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Background: An interview with Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī tackling how Islam responds to some controversial issues such as terrorism, freedom of belief and Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. The questions are asked in English then translated into Arabic. The responses of Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī are...
Background: During a press conference, Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī answered several questions asked by foreign reporters. Questions are related to violence, the situation in Palestine, minority rights and gender equality in Islam. All the answers in Arabic were interpreted to English however the...
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...
 AWR obtained the original text of the Azhar documents for Freedom. Please find it below.
This statement was designed by Dutch Christians and Muslims together and is signed by representatives of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands , the Contact Assembly Muslims and Government, and the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Netherlands .    
Amin Makram Ebeid writes: Cornelis Hulsman kindly asked me to write a few lines on the tragic events that took place in Naj‘ Hammādī and how this could be best managed, punishing the responsible people and working towards reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in the region.  
Following a response from Dr. Hans Jansen which outlined the books that state that Sūrah 2:256 is abrogated, Hulsman and Dukhān investigated the issue further and researched the viewpoints of number of prominent Islamic websites as well as the opinion of Dr. ‘Abd Al-Mu‘ti Bayyūmī.
Dr. Hassan Wagieh from the Azhar University stresses that Sūrah 2:256 is not abrogated or canceled by other verses.
The article provides an interview with Imām Fadel Soliman on whether he believed Sūrah 2: 256 had been abrogated
Drs. Hulsman comments on a frequently referenced Qur’ānic verse that comments on compulsion in religion, and the misinterpretation that frequently accompanies the verse.
Drs. Hulsman addresses Dr. Salīm al-ʿAwā and comments on a number of issues related to dialogue between Muslims and Christians.
Hulsman flags up articles 5-8 in this issue that concern sūrah 2:256 of the Qur’ān and whether it is abrogated or not. He also draws the reader’s attention to a number of article that focus on issues that threaten the social peace of society
Three court rulings were issued recently in Coptic-related issues. The author discusses the three rulings and highlights what he believes to be the unjust stances of the government and the legal institutions toward Copts.
Dr. Wageih comments on Geert Wilders inaccurate interpretation of Qur’ānic verses in his film ’Fitna.’
An article presenting clarification on a number of Qur’ānic verses referenced by Geert Wilders in his film ’Fitna.’
An article, written by the Muftī of Egypt, Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah, was published on the Muslims Speak Out on-line forum and affirmed that unless they disturb public order, those who revert from Islam face no worldly punishment.
The following article presents the response of Dr. Mahmoud Zakzouk, Egyptian minister of endowments, to an article published in the German publication Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung which proclaimed his support of the death penalty for apostates.
The Muftī of Egypt Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah asserted that Muslims are free to change their faith as it is a matter between an individual and God.
‘Ādil Jundī writes his article from the perspective of a Muslim Egyptian, saying that he would work hard to purify his religious heritage by subjecting it to reason and research.


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