The Controversy of Banning Niqab in Public in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/the-controversy-of-banning-niqab-in-public-in-egypt/ Calls for banning the niqab (the full face veil) in public places and state institutions in Egypt have recently re-emerged, gaining momentum after the High Administrative Court rendered a final judgment this past...

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Personal Status of Copts: Crisis Made by State and Church

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/personal-status-of-copts-crisis-made-by-state-and-church/ Recently in a rare ruling, an Egyptian court, in a case brought by a Christian woman demanding the equal distribution of inheritance between herself and her male siblings, ruled that Christians...

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Obstacles to Renewing Religious Discourse in Egypt: Reasons and Results

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/obstacles-to-renewing-religious-discourse-in-egypt-reasons-and-results/ In recent years, the Egyptian regime has promoted a new “vision” of Islam, both locally and internationally, to combat terrorism and religious extremism. President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi not only...

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The Reality of Church Construction in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/the-reality-of-church-construction-in-egypt/ Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law established what was, on its face, a streamlined process for the construction of churches, and also provided for a committee to formalize churches which had been built illegally. But...

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Closed on security grounds: Sectarian tensions and attacks resulting from the construction and renovation of churches

Source: Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim, Mohammed Medhat Original Link: https://eipr.org/sites/default/files/reports/pdf/closed_on_security_grounds_web.pdf Introduction In August 2016, the House of Representatives adopted Law 80/2016 on the construction of churches to fulfill the terms of Article 235 of the 2014 Constitution, which required the House to issue a...

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Egypt’s Ban on Church Trips Sends Dangerous Message

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/egypts-ban-on-church-trips-sends-dangerous-message/ Coptic monasteries and moulids, the celebrations of saints that bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors to holy sites across Egypt, are usually overflowing during the summer. But this year, they are almost...

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According to Which Customs: The Role of Customary Reconciliation Sessions in Sectarian Incidents and the Responsibility of the State

Source: Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://eipr.org/sites/default/files/reports/pdf/imposing_biased_outcomes.pdf The usage of customary reconciliation sessions, as a way of resolving sectarian attacks and conflicts, continues to be the subject of criticism from multiple entities, including official and quasi-official institutions, such as...

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Egypt Responds to the Beheading of Copts by IS in Libya

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/egypt-responds-to-the-beheading-of-copts-by-is-in-libya/ Yesterday, Egyptians marked the culmination of the traditional, forty-day period of mourning for the twenty Egyptians and one Ghanaian beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) branch in Tripoli, Libya. Even as religious...

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