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Coptic Christians around the world are waiting for the results of a selection process that has developed over hundreds of years Laurence Underhill

Papal elections then and now

The Coptic Church will announce its 118th leader next Sunday. The new Pope will face a number of issues, and his role will evolve alongside Egypt’s political climate

Basil El-Dabh

The Constituent Assembly of 1923 was composed of only 30 members Archive

Egypt’s Constitutional Experience

The current Constituent Assembly is the biggest in Egypt’s history. However, it is not just the number of constituency assembly members that distinguishes the current draft. The curious reader will also notice a comparative difference in the choice of words and sentence structures, exhibiting the current assembly’s lack of legal knowledge…

Sarah El Masry

Sufi Islam in Egypt

Lately, Sufis have been one of the vital cards utilised in Egyptian parliamentary and presidential elections. Being supportive of the “civil state” camp and against political Islam added more to the long list of misconceptions about Sufis. Not only are they depicted as indulgers in folkloric celebrations, poetic recitals and religious chants, but also as allies of secularism, a precondition to be bashed by their rival religious group, the Salafis. Daily News Egypt explores the meaning of Sufism through the eyes of its adherents, the insightful explanations of some Sufi sheikhs about the long rivalry against Wahhabism and the current Sufi involvement in politics.

Sarah El Masry

Criminal networks traffic people to Egyptian households who demand their labour AFP Photo

Trafficking in lies

Salafi MPs have excluded an article from the draft constitution by claiming human trafficking does not exist, the evidence suggests otherwise

Daily News Egypt

Al Hussein Mosque at Al Azhar Hassan Ibrahim

No Longer Forgotten

Amid a crackdown on houses of worship, incidents of persecution, accusations of contempt of religion and the rejection of their political party, Egyptian Shi’as are no longer a forgotten community in Egypt. After the 25 January Revolution, Egyptian Shi’as sought to have more freedom in the new era. Hence, they were brought under scrutiny. Daily News Egypt investigates the Egyptian Shi’as file; their quest for more freedom, their attempts to enter the political arena, their demands for the new constitution, and Al-Azhar’s response to their activities

Sarah El Masry