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Following reports that Endowments Minister Mokhtar Gomaa hinted a potential suspension of religious studies classes in schools in an effort to fight escalating extremism, many Egyptians took to social media to express their outrage.
"Egypt is a key regional player in the shared fight against terrorism. The Grand Mufti's role is essential and I salute his unwavering condemnation of terror, his efforts to foster dialogue and his calls to respect cultural and religious diversity," he ...
Adrian Elms. Khalid Masood. A violent man who became a violent Muslim. Someone who once spurned both Islamic radicalism and the far Right, yet spent the last seconds of his life killing innocent strangers.
Members of Jehovah's Witnesses wait in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the ...
Pope Francis' trip to Egypt is fraught with dangers of its own, from fears of a terrorist attack to questions about allying with an Egyptian president who, according to watchdog groups, has run roughshod over human rights. In a report released on ...
The Islamic world does not have the equivalent of a Church or a hierarchy, but instead we find traditional centres of learning and study where religious and cultural leadership is cultivated. Examples include Al-Zaytuna in Tunis, al-Qarawiyyin in Fez ...
The resulting photo, which was later posted and shared on facebook, unleashed a heated debate between supporters and opponents of a phenomenon that is still quite new in the Egyptian literary scene, namely that of the niqab-wearing writer. Before 2011 ...
CAIRO - It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt's president ... pro-government media accuse Al-Azhar of failing to modernize its teaching to counter militant thought that breeds jihadi movements and violence like the Islamic State ...
This comes as Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt on Friday. "The caliphate ... Al-Tayeb welcomed the delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and asserted the role of religious leaders in making citizenship initiatives more effective ...
At its heart, Al-Azhar is an education network of hundreds of "ulema," or religious scholar-preachers, who study the Quran and the thousands of sayings of the prophet as well as the vast library of interpretations of those texts written by scholars ...
The leading function, to continue for two days, is to tackle three other issues, spanning the misinterpretation of religious texts and its impact on global peace, poverty and sickness; between deprivation and exploitation; and the culture of peace in ...
Women are not usually allowed to hold posts in religious courts in Israel. Khatib, who will wear hijab in Israeli courts, was appointed after a long struggle petitioning the Supreme Israeli Court since 2000 to allow the appointment of a woman to the post.
This weekend, Pope Francis meets in Cairo with Al-Azhar's grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, their second meeting in a historic initiative to improve ...
The pontiff's stand against religious violence comes, however, as Egypt's Christians are increasingly coming under fire: On Palm Sunday, 45 people where killed in bomb attacks on two churches, one in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the other in ...
Coptic clergy hold signs to remember victims of the Palm Sunday attack in Egypt during a service at the Church of Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius on April 18, 2017, in Mississauga, Ontario, near Toronto.
In another realm, some hope Francis will speak out against the silencing of political opposition under Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who took power after a 2013 coup that deposed elected leader Mohamed Morsi.
Human beings have had governments of various forms for 9,000 years, but for most of that history, authority within governments has been divided between worldly rulers and religious authorities, who proscribed the limits of secular leaders' rule. Some ...
This week Pope Francis will become the second Catholic Church leader to visit Egypt as he embarks on a peace-focused journey to a country at the heart of the Middle East's political and religious tensions. The run-up to ... "terrorism is not an ...
The move is a first for Egypt, according to the Ministry of religious Endowments, but female preachers have long played an important role in ministering to Egyptians.
"Christians in the Middle East look to Egypt as a fine example of religious tolerance and harmony between two monotheistic religions, but if this relationship that withstood the test of time is damaged, the fallout can reach other countries in the ...
CAIRO - Egyptian actress Sama El Masry announced on Instagram March 26 that she would host a religious show during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.
Updated at 2:41 p.m. ET. An Egyptian-American aid worker and her Egyptian husband have returned to the U.S. after being imprisoned for nearly three years in Egypt, over charges of child abuse that were widely regarded as specious. U.S. officials had ...
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa experienced the largest increase in social hostilities towards religious people globally in 2015, a new Pew Research Center study shows.
WASHINGTON -- An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned to the United States Thursday night, a National Security Council official confirmed to CBS News.
CAIRO - Egyptian actress Sama El Masry announced on Instagram March 26 that she would host a religious show during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.
In addition to the visit to Al-Azhar and a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Francis will also say Mass, meet the bishops of Egypt, and also hold an event for clergy, religious and seminarians. The coming together of pope and ...
The council added that anyone who "tampered" with the religious body would be considered to be meddling with Egypt and its history, as well as being unfaithful to the integrity of the people and the whole nation. Egypt was rocked by twin bombings of ...
I wish I could say that religious persecution only occurs in places like Egypt and the Middle East. It does not. I wish I could say that religious intolerance was declining around the world. ... with high or very high restrictions on religion. The ...
The attack comes just over a week after two bombings on Egyptian churches during Palm Sunday services, claimed by Islamic State, killed 45 people.
For centuries they have been part of the rich religious diversity of the region. ... Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt, leads a mass for the Egyptian Christians who were killed in Libya, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo ...
Some of the most common instances of hostility included "mob violence" waged against people for their religious beliefs or violence conducted in the name of religion, and also "government harassment and use of force against religious groups" Pew ...
Ever wondered what the most popular facebook pages in Egypt are? A quick look at the fastest growing pages provides insight into the country's online community.
Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Global religious persecution spiked from 2014 to 2015, the Pew Research Center noted in a ...
Egypt's Interior Ministry has heightened security measures, creating 400-meter radius security cordons around churches barring vehicles.
On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrated the beginning of the Holy Week, IS killed 45 people and injured over 100 at two Christian Churches in Egypt, he said. "We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones.
The pope's visit is supposed to be a sign of solidarity with the Christian community of Egypt that has been facing a lot of persecution of late.
Christians in Egypt are asking the government for better security after two recent bombings killed dozens at two churches. ... attacks in Egypt. Bishop Macarius is head of the Coptic Christian Church in the Egyptian city of Minya. ... A new report by ...
President Donald Trump ordered the bombing of an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan Thursday, yet fears of attack from the terror group linger in the United States, nearly one week after the horrific bombings of Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt on ...
And Easter, somewhat unusually, falls on April 16 in both the Orthodox and Western calendars. Both Passover and Easter are based on biblical accounts.
Human beings have had governments of various forms for 9,000 years, but for most of that history, authority within governments has been divided between worldly rulers and religious authorities, who proscribed the limits of secular leaders' rule. Some ...
As 2017 has been beset by war and tragedy across Africa and widespread religious intolerance in Egypt, I seek your wise counsel.
New Delhi: India has found key allies in the Arab World which have been traditionally close to Pakistan but have lent their support to India's stand against the neighbour's selective approach in fighting terror.
Christian leaders have urged Australians to find 'hope amid darkness' during this year's Easter messages.
[JURIST] The Parliament of Egypt [official website] on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval [press release] to a three-month state of emergency put in place ...
The government considered anyone whose ethnic roots were in Europe, Asia, or anywhere other than Egypt - especially Jews - to be foreign, even though they might have been Egyptian by birth. Justifiably, the young ... However, it seems to me that it ...
Following the attacks, the usual tone of national unity took over social media networks, implying that these are attacks on Egypt and not only Christians in an attempt to alleviate the catastrophe. Egyptian Streets spoke to a number of Christians who ...
In addition to Russia and Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria also had some of the highest levels of religious restrictions among this group of most populous countries, according to Pew Research Center's latest annual study on the topic, which uses 2015 ...
"Instead of religious enlightenment we have discouraged youth in Egypt, (and they are now) willing to blow themselves up as a reaction to their marginalization," he said.
This past Palm Sunday, the Egyptian church bombings served as a shocking reminder that in many parts of the world, notably the very region where those biblical scenes took place two millennia ago, religious intolerance rages, and innocent followers of ...


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