Tagged with Mohamed Morsi

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

God, The official space has been claimed. First, in response to massive protests the military removed Morsi from power and installed a transitional civilian government. Second, they closed down media sympathetic to a Brotherhood viewpoint. Third, they removed the standing pro-Morsi protests with much resulting bloodshed. And fourth, they jailed many Islamist leaders who stand … Continue reading

Nothing was Inevitable

From Ibrahim al-Hudaiby, a former Muslim Brotherhood youth leader, in Ahram Online. He writes that the primary reason for the fall of Morsi was his personal failures and those of his group. His list is lengthy and worth reading, but this entry in particular is worth remembering: After 30 June, Morsi did not call for … Continue reading

Safwat Hegazi, Stool Pigeon?

This is an unbelievable video of Safwat Hegazi in custody. In previous posts I summarized his controversial statements as conveyed in the media, and provided an interview with him conducted by AWR. Here is a translation of the written Arabic caption in the video: 0:06 – I swear by God Almighty, I am not a … Continue reading

AWR Interview with Safwat Hegazi

AWR Interview with Safwat Hegazi

The following is from the newsletter of Arab West Report. Unfortunately, it is not available at its website due to its recent hacking. ———————— On May 31, 2012, Jayson Casper wrote about the controversial preacher Dr. Safwat Hegazy (Safwāt Hijāzī) for Arab-West Report (AWR) on the basis of what he had found in media reporting … Continue reading

Safwat Hegazi: Bellweather of Egyptian Islamism?

Safwat Hegazi: Bellweather of Egyptian Islamism?

Safwat Hegazi has long been an interest of mine due to his inflammatory rhetoric in favor of Islamism. This article was written for Arab West Report before the removal of President Morsi from his office, in preparation for a hopeful interview. Cornelis Hulsman was able to secure this interview during the sit-in protest, and this … Continue reading

Despite 600 Deaths, Egypt’s Christians Support Military’s Eviction of pro-Morsi Protestors

Despite 600 Deaths, Egypt’s Christians Support Military’s Eviction of pro-Morsi Protestors

From my recent article in Christianity Today: Despite the deaths of more than 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the resulting retaliation against Christian targets nationwide, Egypt’s Christian community stands with yesterday’s decision by the military-backed transitional government to break-up the pro-Morsi sit-ins. “If a peaceful sit-in took place in Times Square and locked down the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Violence Spreads

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Violence Spreads

God, Many prayers have been offered for a winnowing of Egyptian politics. Are you now beginning this process? If so, will the wheat be yet known from the chaff? Hundreds are dead, God, spawning both outrage and apathy. Churches are burned, spawning both outrage and condescension. Many prayers have been offered for unity and consensus. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Foreign Complications

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Foreign Complications

  God, Egypt’s problems are so big, other nations are getting involved. May their help be helpful. Early indications, however, are mostly complicating. A number of foreign envoys met with government and Islamist leaders, supposedly to work out a compromise solution to the political crisis. None was reached and the sit-ins in support of Morsi … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Murky Standoff

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Murky Standoff

God, Among the proposed solutions, none are pleasing to all. What then is the greatest common denominator? An Islamist backed idea is to restore Morsi to the presidency, only to have him delegate all his powers to the cabinet, as possible under the now suspended constitution. The cabinet – presumably his original cabinet – would … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Syria Shades

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Syria Shades

God, Egypt is taking a critical turn. The army has requested protests in its support, to combat ‘terrorism’. The Brotherhood and pro-Morsi demonstrators remain defiant, populating sit-ins and resisting calls to dialog with plotters of a ‘coup’. And the judiciary has opened investigations against Morsi and other Islamists for ‘crimes’ stretching back to the original … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Government, Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Government, Again

God, Amid continuing demonstrations by Islamists and supporters of President Morsi, the new Egyptian government is trying to get down to business. What that business should be is another matter. They must rerun the election process. The country needs a constitution, parliament, and president, laws to set them in motion, and a campaign to convince … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Deja vu, Reversed

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Deja vu, Reversed

God, The scenario in Egypt has flipped. The opposition previously accused Islamists of making a deal with the military to come to power, democratically. Now Islamists see a secular/liberal alliance with the army, with President Morsi pushed out, undemocratically. The opposition debated whether or not to participate in politics after Morsi’s extra-legal efforts to pass … Continue reading

Making Sense of Egypt’s Popular ‘Coup’

Making Sense of Egypt’s Popular ‘Coup’

From my recent article at Christian Century. It walks through the transition which brought Morsi to power and thereafter deposed him. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion, focusing on the position of Christians: As for the nation’s Christians, they view the military intervention as salvation. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros, who had pledged upon his … Continue reading

Who Should Christians Support in Egypt?

Who Should Christians Support in Egypt?

From my recent article in Relevant Magazine: When push comes to shove, as it has in Egypt, who should American Christians support? The recent military move to oust an elected president was almost universally backed by Egyptian Coptic Christians, which make up roughly ten percent of the population. But the move, called by many a … Continue reading