Tag: islamist

In Brotherhood’s Egypt, blasphemy charges against Christians surge ahead

Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, May 22 A blasphemy trial against a Christian teacher in this Egyptian city renowned for its Pharaonic monuments is among a wave of cases that have Egyptian Christians worried they can be jailed for insulting…

Anti-Blasphemy Protests in Bangladesh Turn Violent

Jim Yardley and Julfikar Ali Manik, New York Times, May 06 Violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist fundamentalists demanding passage of an anti-blasphemy law clashed with security forces, leaving a trail of property damage and at least 22…

Islamist militancy quietly makes inroads in post-revolution Tunisia

John Thorne, Christian Science Monitor, Mar.28 Tunisia has been spared most violence since ousting its longtime dictator. But Islamist extremism is growing, and young Tunisian men are heading overseas to fight. One night last December, national guardsmen burst into the…

In a Strasbourg mosque, the often-uneasy French mix with Muslim neighbors

Edward Cody, Washington Post, Mar.07 One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434. For Abdelrahman Binjalloun, a Moroccan-born…

Canada’s new religious freedom ambassador says he’ll give a louder voice to homegrown values in a ‘noisy world’

Joseph Brean, National Post, Feb.19 Andrew P. W. Bennett, Canada’s first ambassador of religious freedom, is a Christian academic studying toward a theology degree in Ottawa, an expert on Scottish devolution, and a government policy analyst with experience in the…

Fear and hope for indigenous Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

Harry Hagiopan, Ekklesia, Jan.13 As a new year arrives, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) uprisings continue their relentless surge in different parts of the region. While Egypt and Syria have grabbed our attention throughout 2012, it is quite…

Preacher alarms many in Egypt with calls for Islamist vice police

Yasmine Saleh and Shaimaa Fayed, Reuters, Jan.09 Many Egyptian viewers were horrified when preacher Hisham el-Ashry recently popped up on primetime television to say women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police. That…

Egyptian Coptic Christians Mark Christmas With Fear Of Future

Sarah El Deeb and Mariam Rizk, Huffington Post, Jan.06 Egypt’s minority Christians were celebrating their first Christmas after the election of an Islamist president and a new pope – and following adoption of a constitution many argue has an Islamist…

This Christmas, Egypt’s Coptic Christians are asking for respect

Patrick Martin, The Globe and Mail, Jan.03 Jackline Nessim and Wael Sedrak, like many of Egypt’s Christians, long for a present that is unlikely to arrive before Coptic Christmas on Jan. 7. In fact, it may be a very long…

After attacks, Kenyan Muslims guard Christian churches

Fredrick Nzwili, Christian Science Monitor, Jul.10, www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2012/0710/After-attacks-Kenyan-Muslims-guard-Christian-churches In Kenya, attacks on Christian churches in the Muslim-majority town of Garissa killed 17 people July 1. Now, local Muslim leaders are patrolling to help protect the churches. Kenyan Muslims are joining the…