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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Gulf, Zamalek

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Gulf, Zamalek

God, As Egypt tries to bolster its foreign policy and economic stability, she can’t help but trip over her own feet. With help, that is, of someone tripping deliberately. The president of Russia visited Cairo, pledging investment and a possible nuclear reactor. Egypt then mangled Russia’s national anthem. The president of Egypt contacted the heads … Continue reading

Egypt’s Struggle to Return to Normal

Egypt’s Struggle to Return to Normal

Four years have passed since Egypt’s revolution began in 2011. They have been inspiring years; they have been difficult years. Some say they have resulted in much good; some say they have resulted in a restoration of the bad. But millions of Egyptians simply a desire a restoration of the normal. The state is striving … Continue reading

Talk Peace, Broadcast Violence

Talk Peace, Broadcast Violence

The Washington Post recently published an excellent article detailing the escalation of violent rhetoric between the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian state. Language is shocking on both sides, but the government crackdown on the Brotherhood is well-known and admitted, even as accusations of terrorism in the Sinai remain unproven in the eyes of many. But the … Continue reading

The Implications of Charlie for Political Islam

The Implications of Charlie for Political Islam

What is the message of Charlie Hebdo concerning political Islam? It must be allowed to compete and win power, lest these tragedies be repeated. Of course, the political messages made out of terrorism are many. Some say greater security measures are needed. Others call for limitations on Muslim immigration. Some call for curbs on freedom … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Adjusting Justice

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Adjusting Justice

God, One is free, one is pending, and dozens are confirmed to remain behind bars. With them are others in the thousands. But the two individuals need special hoops to bypass the system. An Australian journalist is released after a year plus in prison due to a recently passed law permitting deportation of foreigners on … Continue reading

The Decline of Coptic Activism in Egypt

The Decline of Coptic Activism in Egypt

From my new article at the Middle East Institute: During and immediately following the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Coptic activism reached new heights. Copts organized and came together to call for protection for their communities and rights more generally. However, particularly since the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the election of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, such … Continue reading

The Egyptian Family House: Early Structure and Activity

The Egyptian Family House: Early Structure and Activity

‘National unity’ has long been a part of Egyptian political discourse. Spun positively, it celebrates the equal contributions of Muslims and Christians as one people in the national fabric. Spun negatively, it is crass propaganda used by the ruling class to demonize Islamists and scare both Copts and international observers into supporting the status quo. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

God, The week opened with numerous protesters and a few policemen dead after clashes on the revolution anniversary. It ended with many soldiers dead following terrorist attacks on their positions in Sinai. God, be merciful to Egypt. Pretentions are dropping as pro-Brotherhood and pro-state media openly incite against one another. Beyond the lives lost the … Continue reading

Researching the Islamic State

Researching the Islamic State

I confess to not having kept up well with the so-called Islamic State. My focus has always been on Egypt, with peripheral attention given to the region. If Egypt has been difficult to understand – living here – the rest of the region seemed near impossible. And fortunately, the complicating factor of the Islamic State … Continue reading

The Sharia of ISIS and Azhar

The Sharia of ISIS and Azhar

Does the so-called Islamic State represent the essence of Islam, or its perversion? The answer supplied often closely aligns with one’s ideology. But what does ISIS say for itself? Here is testimony gathered by the Guardian on what is taught in the training camps: Unlike previous incidents of stoning adulterers and crucifixion, throwing people from … Continue reading

Orthodox Priest: Better to Abandon Christianity

If this quote is accurate, it is a terrible indication of the divide between the Coptic Orthodox Church and members who wish a divorce for other than adultery: Orthodox priest Abd al-Masih Basit told Al-Monitor that the church would not interfere in politics and would not take any actions against Christian parliamentary candidates on the Nour list, … Continue reading