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Islamophobia in the West: Who is to blame?

Toronto- Since pursuing a degree in Religious Studies as a secular person, and especially after spending three months in Morocco, there are two questions I am often asked by both Muslim and non-Muslim friends. Do you think Islam is patriarchal? Do you think Islam is violent? Based on my academic study, as well as personal experiences I would definitively respond No to both of these questions.  That being sa ...

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Islamists urge protesters to avoid Cairo’s Tahrir

CAIRO - An Islamist alliance urged its supporters to stay away from Cairo's Tahrir Square during protests Friday to avoid more bloodshed after a week in which nearly 80 Egyptians were killed.    The Anti-Coup Alliance, which rejects Egypt's military-installed government, said the "coup regime is shedding blood without any respect to law or values adopted by our great people".    "So the alliance is calling ...

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UAE trial of 30 Emirati, Egypt Islamists on Nov 5: UAE

 DUBAI- Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians charged with allegedly setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial in the UAE next month, a newspaper reported Wednesday.    The United Arab Emirate's State Security Court will begin the trial of the group, of whom 14 are Egyptian, on November 5, Al-Khaleej said.    Prosecutor Ahmed al-Dhanhani has accused the group of having "established a ...

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Army kills five Islamists east of Algiers: ministry

ALGIERS - Algerian troops killed five Islamist gunmen east of the capital Friday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly violence to rock the restive Boumerdes province this month.    The militants died in clashes that broke out at 0600 GMT in a wooded area overlooking the town of Dellys and last for about three and a half hours, El-Watan reported separately, citing local sources.    "This operatio ...

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Egypt forces raid Brotherhood newspaper HQ: website

CAIRO -  Egyptian security forces have shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood newspaper in Cairo after raiding it and confiscating material, the Islamist movement's website reported on Wednesday.    Tuesday's raid on Al-Hurriya Wal Adala's offices came a day after a Cairo court banned the Brotherhood and ordered its assets seized, delivering a vital blow to the movement of deposed president Mo ...

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Egypt forces storm Islamist bastion, policeman killed

  by Jailan ZAYAN CAIRO — A senior police officer was killed when Egyptian security forces stormed a village outside Cairo Thursday in the latest crackdown on militants, while unexploded bombs on the tracks briefly halted Cairo's metro. Military and police vehicles surrounded Kerdassah in the shadow of landmark pyramids after dawn, as police special forces were deployed to confront "terrorists" in the ...

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Egypt army storms Islamist-held town: security

Cairo- Troops on Monday stormed a central Egyptian town held for over a month by hardline supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi who had launched a campaign against Christian residents, officials said. Soldiers and police entered the town of Delga in the central Minya province just after dawn, searching homes and arresting several Islamists, a security official told Agence France Presse. All ...

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win bomb attack against army in Egypt’s Sinai: security

CAIRO- Two bomb attacks on Wednesday targeted Egypt's army in the restive Sinai peninsula, where the military is engaged in a campaign to quell an insurgency, security officials said. "A large explosion" targeted the military intelligence headquarters in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, one official said. Witnesses said the powerful blast shattered the windows of other buildings in the Imam Ali area ...

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Troops kill two Islamist gunmen east of Algiers: army

 ALGIERS -  Algerian troops have killed two armed Islamists in separate operations east of the capital, the defence ministry said on Monday. The two men were killed on Sunday evening, one during clashes with security forces in the Tadmait area of the restive Tizi Ouzou region, around 110 kilometres (70 miles) from Algiers, the ministry said in a statement. The second gunman was killed in an army ambush in t ...

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Two Islamists killed east of Algiers: army

ALGIERS - Algerian soldiers killed two armed Islamists on Thursday in a military operation east of the capital, the defence ministry said. The incident occurred in Ain El Hamra, in the Boumerdes region, with a weapons cache recovered in the operation, the ministry added, without elaborating. Violence attributed to Islamists has declined considerably in Algeria in recent years, after a decade of appalling bl ...

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Egypt Islamists call demos to mark 2 months of Morsi ouster

CAIRO, Qahirah Egyptian Islamists backing ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, two months since he was toppled by the military. The call comes a day after Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced a panel to draw up a revised constitution but without the inclusion of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood which rejected to take part. In a statement issued e ...

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Trial of Egypt Brotherhood chiefs adjourned

By Haitham EL-TABEI CAIRO (AFP) An Egyptian court adjourned Sunday the trial of three jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders because of their absence, with the judge ordering they be present for the next session in October. At the same time, toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak appeared in a separate courtroom for his first hearing since he was released from jail to house arrest on Thursday. The hearings come against ...

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