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Notes from America: Muslim men and their beards

By Ahmed Tharwat “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” ― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Facial hair in Islam is complicated, and the politics of wearing a beard brings lots of heated debate and political wrangling. Besides the religious and Shari’a …

Daily News Egypt

Morsi ‘prison break’ trial postponed to Thursday

The Wednesday trial of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi for escaping Wadi El-Natrun Prison in January 2011 was postponed to 5 February, state media reported. The defence repeated its request to the Cairo Criminal Court for the introduction of new defendants and questioned the possibility that “Israeli elements” committed these crimes to destabilise security. Morsi …

Daily News Egypt

A Muslim perspective on Charlie Hebdo – a side war

By Karim al-Andalusi Prophet Muhammad has been one of the top defenders of the freedom of speech, and from there we go. Is it worth it to take to the streets to fight a deep European behaviour, or to dig deeply in the European values and try to perceive and influence it? I argue that …

Daily News Egypt

Deaths in Paris: Refining the post-9/11 model

By James M. Dorsey Just like Al-Qaeda’s audacious attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September 2001, the raid by suspected jihadist militants in Paris on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will have far-reaching repercussions on multiculturalism. The pursuit of multiculturalism was an attempt by …

Daily News Egypt

Notes from America

By Ahmed Tharwat It seems every time a Muslim or group of Muslims behave badly, the rest of us Muslim Americans are asked to respond to the situation, to try to explain their motives and to react to their horrible acts as if we were experts on terrorism or have special insight on Muslim rage. …

Daily News Egypt

Hebdo and Islam: Extreme dichotomies

While most onlookers, in the international scene, stand horrfied by the appearance of a jihadist fog bank in a European capital, Paris, the reality is more complex; indeed, potentially, more sinister

Daily News Egypt

Demands from houses of worship

Special Year End 2014 Feature:  Daily News Egypt visited mosques and churches to learn of the demands of Coptic Christians, Salafis, and other sects that fall outside the state-endorsed Azharite vision of Islam. The demands range from basic ones such as health and education that were once provided by religious institutions that have been shut …

Adham Youssef

Morsi’s espionage case adjourned to 4 January

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 35 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 4 January. They face. charges of leaking documents that could harm Egypt’s national security. The defendants are accused of leaking the documents to foreign agents, including Hamas and Hezbollah. They also stand accused of funding …

Mahmoud Mostafa

78 minors convicted for unlicenced protests released on parole

The Alexandria Juvenile Misdemeanour Appeal Court released 78 imprisoned minors convicted for illegally protesting and joining a banned organisation. In November, a first degree court had sentenced the minors, aged between 15 and 17, to between two and five year prison terms. Ahmed El-Hamrawy, one of the youths’ lawyers, said the judge decided to release …

Mahmoud Mostafa