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The Copts – Part XII

Khalil says that, while al-Awa portends to discuss the rules regulating relations between Muslims and others, his book is full of lies, invention, mistakes, and provocation of hatred.” According to al-Awa, adds Khalil “the Copts control 60% of the Egyptian economy… This is not a problem if an individual has economic power as a result […]

The Copts – Part XI

Khalil further explains that: “al-Awa condemns Coptic Pope Shenouda’s opposition to the imposition of sharia on the Copts, and the discussion of its details, saying: ‘With regard to specific issues raised by Pope Shenouda regarding sharia and its implementation, his dealing with these issues means admitting that he is entitled to discuss the subject of […]

The Copts – Part IX

Explaining this phenomenon, in a July 9, 2006 article on elaph.com, Egyptian Coptic intellectual Magdi Khalil discussed the attitude of Dr. Muhammad Salim al-Awa, a prominent figure in political Islam in the Arab world, towards Egypt’s Copts. In his article, Khalil refers to al-Awa’s recent book, Religion and Homeland – Chapters in Muslim Attitudes towards […]

The Copts – Part VIII: Where does the Hatred Come From?

But where does all that hatred towards the Copts come from? What went wrong in Egypt, a country that prided itself on the assumption of peaceful co-existence between its co-religionists who fought together against foreign invaders and celebrated each other’s holidays? Where the incitement of hatred does has come from in the last decades? Many […]

The Copts – Part VII

Do attacks on Copts have a certain pattern? The writer further claims that: “Recurring rituals: Special rituals have begun to emerge in all attacks on Copts. One of these is incitement against the infidel Copts from the mosques’ loudspeakers…Likewise, the security apparatuses are soft on the aggressors, and collaborate with them. Furthermore, telephone lines are […]


“The Last Pharaoh” dissects the political life in Egypt and Arab countries. The book raised the ire of the Mubarak’s regime as it exposes the deep corruption, grave human rights abuses, authoritarianism of the regime, and its use of anti-Semiticism and anti-Americanism. It also reveals one of Egypt’s worst kept secrets: the story of the […]

The Copts – Part VI

Is it enough to have the Sheikh of al-Azhar embracing the Coptic Pope in front of TV cameras as a Sign of National Unity as the Egyptian government claims? On that, the Egyptian writer from New York sarcastically calls it the Embracing Show. He adds that: “The Egyptian government maintains that the Copts should be […]