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Egypt's foreign ministry summoned Ethiopia's top diplomat in Cairo over comments by an Ethiopian official regarding a controversial dam on the Nile.

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Understanding the Saudi, Emirati 'excommunication' of the Muslim Brotherhood

Courtney Freer

Understanding the Saudi, Emirati 'excommunication' of the Muslim Brotherhood

Comment: Behind the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a 'terrorist, rebellious' group by Saudi and Emirati religious authorities lies a bid to delegitimise the group, writes Courtney Freer

Palestine's fatwa council deplores UAE normalisation visit to Al-Aqsa

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Palestine's fatwa council deplores UAE normalisation visit to Al-Aqsa

Palestine's fatwa council head Mufti Muhammed Hussain deplored an Israeli-funded UAE delegation to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Oman <em>grand</em> <em>mufti</em> slams Arabs 'wooing' enemy

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Oman grand mufti slams Arabs 'wooing' enemy

Oman's most senior Islamic scholar took aim at increasing courting of 'enemy states' by Arabs, in an apparent reference to recent normalisation ...

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the First Intifada of 1987.

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Haniyeh makes historic trip to Lebanon's largest Palestinian camp

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh was warmly received by Palestinian refugees in the Ein El-Hilweh refugee camp.

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Jerusalem Mufti quits UAE peace forum over pro-normalisation stance

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has stepped down from an Emirati peace group in anger over its support for UAE-Israel normalisation.

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Visiting Al-Aqsa 'impermissible' through normalisation, Jerusalem Mufti declares

Those who try to enter al-Aqsa Mosque via the means of normalisation will not be allowed, says the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

Sam Hamad

Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

Comment: Not content with an already severely restricted public sphere, Sisi has moved to bring this 1,000-year-old Egyptian centre of learning ...

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia mosque conversion 'forbidden': Egypt mufti

Egypt’s grand mufti, Shawky Allam said Turkey's conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is forbidden in Islam.

Sharjah leader demands restoration of Cordoba cathedral to mosque

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Sharjah leader demands restoration of Cordoba cathedral to mosque

The leader of the UAE emirate Sharjah demanded Cordoba Cathedral be converted into a mosque.

Egypt court sentences Coptic monks for abbot's killing

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Egypt court sentences Coptic monks for abbot's killing

An Egyptian court upheld a death sentence for one Coptic monk and life imprisonment for another over the 2018 murder of a desert monastery's ...

Israel defence minister warns Hamas against annexation retaliation

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Israel defence minister warns Hamas against annexation retaliation

Alternate Israeli Prime Minister threatened Hamas and Hezbollah over the illegal annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Israel's 'unlawful' annexation map not yet drawn out: report

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Israel's 'unlawful' annexation map not yet drawn out: report

The final maps for Israeli annexation have not yet been drawn, a report suggest, days ahead of the planned move.

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Al-Aqsa 'under threat' by Israel, Jerusalem's grand mufti warns

Jerusalem's Grand Mufti Ekrima Sa'id Sabri said Israel is becoming increasingly violent towards Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Egypt mufti says neutrality in Libya is 'haram'

Two of Egypt's top Muslim religious authorities have backed the country's stance on Libya after President Sisi threatened to intervene in ...

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Palestinians in Jerusalem angered as Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa

As the Al-Aqsa Mosque re-opened its doors to Palestinian worshippers, Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the mosque and held Jewish ...

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Israel arrests imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces have stormed the home of the imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, as Palestinians tried to reach the mosque to ...

Which Arab countries will be in lockdown this Eid?

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Which Arab countries will be in lockdown this Eid?

Muslims across the Arab world are preparing for a very different Eid amid a coronavirus epidemic.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Job cuts in the UAE, a spike in cases in Yemen, and a tragic death in Algeria.

Muslim authorities encourage Eid Al-Fitr prayers at home

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Muslim authorities encourage Eid Al-Fitr prayers at home

Annual Eid Al-Fitr prayers this year will be held at home, as the world struggles to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

How MbS enraged a tribe and created a martyr

Courtney Freer

How MbS enraged a tribe and created a martyr

Comment: The displacement of a tribe in Saudi Arabia to pave the way for a future megacity signifies the crown prince's drive for control over ...

Drinking alcohol does not invalidate the fast: Egyptian cleric

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Drinking alcohol does not invalidate the fast: Egyptian cleric

Gomaa's remarks seem to invite misinterpretation and accusations of blasphemy, particularly as they come in the days preceding the month where ...

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