The Muslim Brotherhood in Transition

The Muslim Brotherhood in Transition

Neither description is right, says Ibrahim al-Hudaybi. The former Brotherhood member says the organization is not al-Qaeda, but neither is it committed to non-violence. The better reality is that it is in transition, and the future is still uncertain. His article is translated at Mada Masr, and here is why a non-violent ethic evolved in … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

God, You desire peace not just for Egypt. Honor also her neighbors, that all might live in peace together. For two doors down, a nation is in mourning. A terrorist attack on Tunisia’s tourists threatens to undermine stability there. Comfort them, God, and give them resolve. Resolve to defeat a terrorist menace. Resolve to hold … Continue reading

Street Music as Solution

Street Music as Solution

One of the reasons given for the weakness of liberal values in Egypt is that political parties are not active on the street. Politicians tend to be elite, it is said, and are much more comfortable appearing on television and holding conferences in hotels. This makes a difference, of course, as the media has great … Continue reading

Why Egypt Crushes at Squash

Why Egypt Crushes at Squash

From the Atlantic, seeking to explain Egypt’s odd dominance of a sport few Americans play: On Friday, Egypt’s Ramy Ashour won the squash World Open—basically the Wimbledon of squash. The tournament attracts the best players from around the world. But the final game lacked a certain element of suspense: Both players, Ashour and Mohamed El … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Economic Execution

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Economic Execution

God, So much of a nation’s economic strength depends on perception. Egypt is poised to receive a boost this weekend, as it hosts a massive investment conference attracting business leaders and heads-of-state the world over. But let it be real, God, and let it be good. To be real, let it address infrastructure and corruption. … Continue reading

The Educational Initiative of the Family House

The Educational Initiative of the Family House

Dr. Rasmy Abdel Malak is the head of the educational committee of the Egyptian Family House, an independent institution created by government decree. It is run by the grand sheikh of the Azhar in partnership with the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, involving Egypt’s other Christian denominations as well. The Family House is authorized … Continue reading

A Regime-Islamist Reconciliation?

A Regime-Islamist Reconciliation?

Very important but under-reported news in this article from al-Ahram Weekly: Recent developments suggest the possibility of a thaw in relations between the state and political Islam. President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi recently met with three members of the Dissident Muslim Brothers, a breakaway group from the Muslim Brotherhood. There is also a reconciliation initiative, proposed by … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

God, News this week prompted both a sigh and a gasp. The Supreme Constitutional Court struck down provisions of the law to elect parliament, further delaying the process. And a cabinet reshuffle appointed a new minister of the interior, with speculations on the impact. The parliament delay was almost expected, as there appears little political … Continue reading

Who are the Copts?

Who are the Copts?

World attention has turned to the Coptic Christian community of Egypt, following the beheading of 20 of their migrant workers in Libya at the hands of the so-called Islamic State. The Coptic Orthodox Church considers them martyrs. A new icon venerates their death and their names have been added into the Synaxarion, the liturgical church … Continue reading

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

London and Istanbul have become the new base of operations for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Following the ouster of Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in 2011 and their subsequent banning in Egypt in December last year, the organization is recalibrating abroad. An early base of operations was Qatar, where the al-Jazeera network was widely perceived, even … Continue reading

How Libya’s Martyrs are Witnessing to Egypt

How Libya’s Martyrs are Witnessing to Egypt

This article was published first on Christianity Today, on February 23, 2015. Undaunted by the slaughter of 21 Christians in Libya, the director of the Bible Society of Egypt saw a golden gospel opportunity. “We must have a Scripture tract ready to distribute to the nation as soon as possible,” Ramez Atallah told his staff … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

God, After a few days the spirit risks becoming calloused. One more tragedy amid a litany of offense. But the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya might strike a nerve that runs deeper. It might awaken a nation to danger, or deaden further a decayed humanity. For some, God, are blaming the victim. There … Continue reading

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

On an uncontested electoral list at the Strong Egypt Party’s first general conference on February 13, Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was confirmed as president along with his running mate for general-secretary, Ahmed Fawzi. But this was the least remarkable event of the day. Their acceptance speeches set the tone for the controversy to follow. “I have … Continue reading