Christians and Other Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Elizabeth Monier Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christians-religious-minorities-middle-east-questions-elizabeth-monier/ Thanassis Cambanis: You’ve said that Christians in the Middle East represent different denominational, ethnic, and linguistic identities. Is it unproductive to talk about Middle Eastern Christians as a homogenous...

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Excluded and Unequal

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): MICHAEL WAHID HANNA Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christian-exclusion-from-egypts-security-state/ In November 2018, in a tragic scene that has by now become all too familiar, Copts converged on al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo on the banks of the Nile. They were there to bury seven victims of a militant

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The Crisis of LGBTQ Communities in Egypt: Questions for Ahmed El Hady

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Ahmed El Hady Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/crisis-lgbtq-communities-egypt-questions-ahmed-el-hady/ Thanassis Cambanis: What is the state of the LGBTQ community in Egypt right now? Ahmed El Hady: We are experiencing a crisis of existence and survival. We are being killed, put in prison, committing suicide. In 2018, we had 122...

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Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Mapping the Field and Addressing Policy Dilemmas at the Post-2011 Juncture

Source: Barcelona Centre for International Affairs Author(s): Katerina Dalacoura Original Link: https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/menara_papers/final_report/women_and_gender_in_the_middle_east_and_north_africa_mapping_the_field_and_addressing_policy_dilemmas_at_the_post_2011_juncture This report offers a “map” of the diverse situations of women in the post-2011 MENA...

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN EGYPT: REVIEW OF 2018

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1299162019ENGLISH.pdf The scope of Egypt’s human rights crisis expanded, as the authorities arrested opponents, critics, satirists, current and former human rights and labour rights activists, journalists, presidential candidates and sexual harassment survivors. The...

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Copts, Church, and State: Egypt’s Christians Frustrated with Lack of Protection

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Candace Lukasik Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/copts-church-and-state-egypts-christians-frustrated-with-lack-of-protection/ Under the leadership of Coptic Pope Tawadros II, the official message of the Coptic Orthodox Church has been that Copts under Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi are living under...

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Egypt’s Sectarian Committee to Combat Sectarianism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East PolicyAuthor(s): Timothy E. KaldasOriginal Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-sectarian-committee-to-combat-sectarianism/ In late December, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi announced the formation of a committee to combat sectarianism in Egypt. On its face, Sisi’s decision is welcome, especially after a series of violent...

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World Report 2019 | Events of 2018

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a second term in a largely unfree and unfair presidential election in March, his security forces have escalated a campaign of intimidation, violence, and arrests against political opponents, civil society activists...

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“First of all, I am an Egyptian citizen, and afterwards a Christian”: The Coptic Church in Egypt between religion and politics, as reflected on social media

Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies Author(s): Michael Barak Original Link: https://dayan.org/content/first-all-i-am-egyptian-citizen-and-afterwards-christian-coptic-church-egypt-between The increasingly close relationship between the Egyptian Coptic Church and the Egyptian regime, since 2013 headed by Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, has long been greeted with mixed...

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Right to Housing in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-right-to-housing-in-egypt/ The right to housing in Egypt has been marred by issues of access to adequate housing, with at least , as well as forced eviction, at the hands of both the government and other citizens. Reports of inadequate access to services in areas...

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Report – Prayers Unanswered: Assessing the Impact of Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law

Source: POMED Author(s): Mahmoud Farouk, Amy Hawthorne, Ahmed Rizk Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-prayers-unanswered-assessing-the-impact-of-egypts-2016-church-construction-law/ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to improve the situation of the country’s Christians, who by many estimates constitute about ten percent of the population and face pervasive discrimination...

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Al-Azhar’s Role in Freedom of Belief in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Islam Barakat Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/al-azhars-role-in-freedom-of-belief-in-egypt/ “Today, there is no freedom, especially the freedom of religion. The Ministry of Religious Endowments will not allow unlicensed preachers to give sermons at mosques. We are the sole competent authority to decide on this...

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