Tagged with Safwat el-Baiady

Safwat al-Baiady: Negotiating Religion in the Constitutional Committee

Safwat al-Baiady: Negotiating Religion in the Constitutional Committee

From my recent article at Arab West Report, continuing a series of interviews with members of Egypt’s constitutional Committee of Fifty. Safwat al-Baiady is the head of the Protestant Churches of Egypt, and lent his experience in how the committee’s religious members came to agreement on contentious articles. Here is his perspective on Article 3, … Continue reading

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Liberal Views on the Egyptian Constitution

Liberal Views on the Egyptian Constitution

From a recent article on Arab West Report, to which I contributed a section reporting from a conference held by Egyptian liberals on the ideal constitution. Somewhat surprisingly, there was a good deal of sentiment against the military council: Essam al-Din Hassan next spoke about the principle of freedom and the encroachments against it in … Continue reading

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

The proposed Egyptian constitution offers something to everyone, and its supporters know how to address the audience. Article 3 gives Christians and Jews the right to govern their communities according to the internal rules of their religion. Articles 31-80 give liberally-minded citizens assurances on a litany of basic rights, including expression, belief, education, and even … Continue reading

Religious Dialogue and Civil Society

Under the slogan, ‘We live together, think together, work together’, The Egyptian Evangelical Synod of the Nile opened the Religious Dialogue and Civil Society Conference September 20-22, sponsored by the Konrad Adenuer Foundation. The conference featured an impressive array of participants among Egyptian religious and civil society leaders. Opening remarks were moderated by Dr. Imad … Continue reading