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This is the transcript of the presentation H.E. Bishop Dr. Yohanna Qulta (84) gave at the Webinar on Inclusive Citizenship on September 26, 2020. This transcript was made by Shady Saleh elSherif. Before Bishop Qulta became a priest he was teaching philosophy at Cairo University, Egypt. He is a...
The September 2020 Webinar “Comparing inclusive Citizenship in Egypt with Europe,” led to a discussion about the so-called Covenant of ʿUmar, also known as the Capitulations of ʿUmar, a 9th-century document prohibiting church building, the rebuilding of destroyed churches, and displaying a cross on...
“I have an Islamic library rarely had by even a Muslim shaykh to the point that I buy modern books of tafsīr (exegesis), including those of al-Shaʿrāwī.” Pope Shinūda III, 117th Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was famous for this response when asked a Muslim him about the claims of the...
Grand Imam and Shaykh of al-Azhar Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib said that calls to hold Islamic jurisprudence heritage infallible and equating it to Islamic Law [al-Sharīʿa] leads to the stagnation of contemporary modern jurisprudence.  He added that this is a result of some people being bound – literally – to...
In this article, Egyptian researcher Dr. Kamāl Ḥabīb narrows down ten writings that he believes lay the foundation for using violence and explicitly call for it under the concepts of al-ḥākimiyya [God’s sovereignty], defending Muslim lands, and applying the sharīʿah [Islamic law]. 
Since the June 30 revolution, Egypt has laid a foundation stone to anchor the values of citizenship and national unity; by raising the principles of equality and combating discrimination and sectarianism. As the prince of poetry Aḥmad Shawqī said “We are Muslims and Copts… one nation over the...
The Council of Senior Scholars at al-Azhar announced details for al-Azhar’s scientific research competition.  This competition comes as part of al-Azhar’s responsibilities as a basic reference for Islamic matters and as the intellectual and cultural fortress for the Islamic world.  It also comes as...
On Monday, Egypt held an international conference organized by al-Azhar entitled “al-Azhar’s International Conference for the Renewal of Islamic Thought.”  Senior leaders and prominent political and religious figures from all over the world participated in the conference as well different...
When asked by one of his followers about the reason behind the rapes of women during Islamic wars, Shaykh ‘Abd Allāh Rushdī replied “these are human beings and they have needs,” going on to explain that these needs could not be considered shameful as long as the woman has consented to the sexual...

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