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Introduction by the translator The following is a translation of an e-mail by Sieghield Lacoere, the official spokesperson of the Belgian Minister of Justice, to Jarit Taelman, a Belgian journalist working with De Gazet van Antwerpen, “Re: Leslie Maras,” February 12, 2019. The original e-mail was...
Following what was written about the assassination of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of the St. Makarius Monastery on one hand, and what is happening in the corridors of that monastery on the other, some important remarks can be made, although there are to now no official information disclosed: 
Everybody who is psychologically balanced aspires to peaceful coexistence between the Sunnis and the Shiites, and among the followers of all religious sects and communities. Sectarianism is a lethal poison threatening any nation that strives for security and economic stability. Throughout the first...
 The Bahā’ī faith entered Egypt in 1864. A governmental decree was issued in 1960 to dissolve all Bahā’ī gatherings in Egypt. There is no precise enumeration of Baha’is in Egypt.  The city of Acre, Akko, or ʿAkkā in Arabic, is the holiest city for the Bahā’ī faith, and is occupied by Israel.
Deutsche Funk Radio said that the Egyptian (Dār al-Iftā’) is playing an important role in the government’s initiative to combat high birth rates. The broadcaster pointed out that Egyptian authorities are particularly concerned about the phenomenon of early marriage, which results in an increase in...
Although President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī has called upon the imams of al-Azhar, on several occasions, to renew the religious discourse, this call remained unanswered.
The political, legal and media controversy is repeatedly raised when the issue of removing the religion field from the National ID generates.  12 years ago, the issue was raised by the National Council for Human Rights, headed at the time by Dr. Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī. Discussions and meetings could...
The fundamental traditional Islam spread in Egypt not only among followers of Islamist political movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, but also among the ordinary segments of the population, and after decades of abortions of any attempt to renew the religious discourse. A year...
We should not rely on the argument that militant and terrorist organizations are punishing the Copts for supporting the June 30 Revolution. We might have accepted such an excuse, had these organizations not committed terror acts before June 30 against the Copts and their houses of worship....
Since ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ conquered Egypt in the seventh century, the Coptic and Jewish genuine citizens have been treated as ‘ahl al-dhimma’ (people under protection), that is, they had to pay an annual tax, with the exemption of male minors and elders, as both either did not reach the legal age of...

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