Category Archives: Egypt

New Controversy Rages around the Hijab in Egypt

( Dr.Ali Gomaa’s comments with English subtitles) The debate around Islamic headscarves (Hijab) and an Islamic dress code for women is still raging in Egypt. Sheikh Ali Gomaa, an internationally known Islamist jurist and Egypt’s ex-Grand Mufti (top interpreter of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 19 ( May 4 – 10) and

A Hosni Mubarak supporter performs a traditional Sufi folk dance during his birthday- via Al-Monitor Main Headlines  Monday Egypt’s defense council approves of extension of military missions outside borders Egypt’s deposed president Mubarak turns 87 Two foreign companies will help … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 18 ( April 27 – May 3)

  (Gamal Mubarak, son of ex-president, visits the Pyramids following his recent release from prison. Via Youm 7) Main Headlines  Monday More areas of Sinai’s Rafah to be evacuated Egypt’s Sisi says country will take 2 years “to get back … Continue reading

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Separating myths from reality: Egypt’s heated religious debates

Last week, the privately owned Egyptian satellite channel Al-Qaherah wal Nas decided to pull the controversial talk show “With Islam” at Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh’s request. The show’s host, Islam al-Beheiry, is a controversial figure in Egypt because of his candid … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 17 ( April 20 – 26)

Main Headlines  Monday Egypt the condemns killing of Ethiopian Christians by IS Court sentences 22 to death over Kerdasa violence Defense team: Morsi could receive death sentence in Tuesday’s verdict IED kills three policemen in North Sinai Bomb injures 6 … Continue reading

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Women with or without headscarves should be accepted and respected in Egypt

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram A call by Egyptian journalist Cherif Choubachy for veiled Muslim women to take off their headscarves (hijab) has stirred widespread controversy in Egypt. Choubachy has also proposed a “take off the veil” rally to be held at … Continue reading

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Egypt and Working Mothers

 ( Photo of journalist Lamia Hamdin via Twitter) On the streets of Cairo, Lamia Hamdin, an Egyptian journalist for private Egypt station ON TV, was photographed holding her baby while doing interviews. The photos went viral on social media and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 15 ( April 6-12)

(Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide sentenced to death in Egypt – Photo via reuters) Main Headlines  Main Headlines  Monday Saudi journalist slams Egyptian protests against Yemen strikes Five injured in drive-by shooting at a church in Alexandria ‪ Founder of Islamist militant … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 14 ( Mar 30 – April 5)

Al-Sisi says securing Yemen’s key strait a top priority, via Egypt Independent  Main Headlines  Monday PM: Egypt to inaugurate ‘new Suez Canal’ next August Policemen has been injured while defusing a bomb in Alexandria Egypt spends 30 % less on … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 13 ( March 23-28)

  ( Egypt’s El-Sisi receives Qatari Emir ahead of Arab summit via Ahram) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign an initial agreement on sharing water from the Nile River El-Sisi arrives to Addis Ababa to address the Ethiopian … Continue reading

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