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Endowments ministry inspectors granted right of civilian arrests

  /  October 20, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Ministry is trying to hold religious entities in its grip: Researchers

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Egyptian government serves political Islam: EIPR

  /  August 31, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Official Islamic scholars aim to face extremist thought, but state uses authoritarian grip against those defying religious discourse, says human rights organisation

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Ministry of Endowments vows to confront extremism, atheism

  /  August 18, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Endowments and culture ministers say confronting terrorist organisations is common goal

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Post-Revolution, blasphemy convictions increase – and get more personal

  /  July 13, 2014  /  Culture  /  63 Comments

Once reserved for public figures, blasphemy charges now levied between friends and neighbours out of “revenge” against “anyone who has different beliefs than that of the majority”, legal experts say

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Economic success can be achieved in 2 years, with ‘sacrifice’ by Egyptian people: Al-Sisi

  /  July 1, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

On the first anniversary of the 30 June uprising, the newly appointed president discusses state of economy, pledges to “correct religious discourse”

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Religious freedom contributes to better economic outcome: Study

  /  June 18, 2014  /  Culture  /  38 Comments

“Religious regulations” negatively affected Egypt’s tourism industry in 2013

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Sudan mother facing apostasy death sentence to be freed soon: Official

  /  June 1, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

AFP – A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be “freed within days”, a foreign ministry official told AFP Saturday, after her case triggered an international outcry. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was read the rest…

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Court upholds writer’s five-year prison sentence for insulting religion

  /  March 11, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  5 Comments

Author Karam Saber was found guilty of contempt of religion over a book he wrote

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A constitution not worth its ink

  /  February 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  227 Comments

Since the new constitution passed, I have been flooded with emails and meetings from foreign journalists, lawyers, rights advocates and what have you, asking the same question: Isn’t the newly passed constitution better in preserving read the rest…

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Ibrahim Eissa found not guilty of contempt of religion

  /  February 5, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

The trial dates back to remarks the television presenter made in criticism of former president Mohamed Morsi

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Death of a nation’s conscience- A revolution isolated

  /  January 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Wael Eskandar Setting aside miracles, something about the story of Jesus seemed incomprehensible to me when I was younger. I found myself wondering how people were so willing to cheer on Jesus’ crucifixion although read the rest…

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Ministry of Endowment to unify Friday prayer speeches in all Egyptian mosques

  /  January 27, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  32 Comments

The Ministry of Endowment is to release weekly topics for Friday prayers to be discussed in all Egyptian mosques

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Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany

  /  January 20, 2014  /  Culture  /  37 Comments

The holiday marks the end of Christmas in Eastern tradition

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Karam Saber’s case referred to Islamic Research Academy

  /  December 25, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

The ruling in Saber’s case was postponed to January pending a decision by the Islamic Research Academy

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Abu Islam’s prison verdict reduced

  /  December 17, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

The Islamic preacher had appealed a verdict sentencing him to 11 years in jail

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Amnesty highlights human rights violations in Egypt’s draft constitution

  /  December 10, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

The human rights watchdog acknowledges current draft is better despite existing violations

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Release of student accused of contempt of religion appealed

  /  December 2, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Suez Canal University student accused of creating an atheist Facebook page remains in custody pending an appeal by prosecution

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Beyond Definitions

  /  November 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Friday, I was having breakfast with a young and brilliant economist, who is a friend of mine. I asked for her opinion on how Egypt is read the rest…

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Ministry of Endowments voices opposition to Shi’a Ashura celebrations inside mosques

  /  November 12, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

The Muslim holiday is commemorated differently by Sunni and Shi’a communities

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“Down with the next president”

  /  November 9, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

During the two weeks spent in Tahrir Square in 2011 that culminated in ousting former president Hosni Mubarak, there was a young man who held a placard that read, “down with the next president”. It read the rest…

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Detention of student renewed for contempt of religion

  /  October 30, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

A university student in Ismailia is detained pending investigations of insulting religion by creating an atheist Facebook page

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Spate of attacks kills 47 in Iraq

  /  October 27, 2013  /  Politics  /  No Comments

One of the worst-hit neighbourhoods was Shaab in north Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded in a commercial area, killing five people and wounding at least 17.

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Why Muslims should love secularism

  /  October 26, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Though secularism is widely misunderstood as anti-religious and iconoclastic, all it means is the neutrality of the state on religious affairs

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Karam Saber’s trial pushed to November

  /  October 22, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Author appealing five-year sentence for insulting religion

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Mosques and politics in Egypt

  /  October 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Nervana Mahmoud Nothing reflects the essence of Islam better than the pilgrimage to Mecca. It sums up the faith in a nutshell: humility, reflection and most importantly, equality. In the haj, women stand side read the rest…

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Eid preparations in the street

  /  October 9, 2013  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Eid is almost here and that means the sighting of farm animals dramatically increases all over Egypt

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Contempt of religion verdict criticised

  /  September 30, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

AFTE condemns the charge as well as the latest court ruling

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Constituent Assembly bans formation of political parties on religious grounds

  /  September 25, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  3 Comments

“The committee amended Article 54, which pertains to the establishment of political parties, banning the formation or activities of a party that are based on religious grounds,” Salmawy said.

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Religious leaders and Syrian refugees meet in Lebanon

  /  September 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Isabella Eisenberg Here, in the northern Lebanese district of Akkar, Catholic-Maronite, Sunni, Greek-Orthodox and Alawite villages are scattered all over the landscape. The Syrian border is a 15 minute drive to the north of read the rest…

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The Grand Mufti and Al-Nour Party oppose proposed amendments to Sharia-related articles in the constitution

  /  September 18, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  5 Comments

Controversy surrounds the 50-strong constitutional committee as its members discuss amending articles that pertain to Sharia in the suspended 2012 constitution

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