Al Azhar’s edicts were once heeded from Morocco to Indonesia, but the Cairo institution has lost clout as TV imams are reaching larger audiences and Egypt’s President Mubarak has taken greater control. That's a problem for the regime as it braces for its biggest political transition in nearly 30 years.
Many Christians in Naga Hamadi are approaching Easter Sunday with trepidation just months after a striking episode of sectarian violence took place in their quiet city on the banks of the Nile.
Amid an escalating sectarian divide, a predominantly Muslim Egypt is touting the completed renovation of the world's oldest monastery as a symbol of tolerance and harmony with the Christian faith community.
Ahmed el-Tayeb, who holds a PhD in Islamic philosophy from the Sorbonne, is expected to be a better face for Egypt's Al Azhar University, which was once preeminent in the Sunni world.
Egypt TV showed President Hosni Mubarak sitting up and talking after having surgery last week. The incident had sparked speculation over whether he was too unwell to lead Egypt after nearly three decades in power.
Egypt has been churning with speculation after President Hosni Mubarak had surgery in Germany last week, despite official reports that he's recovering well. He has ruled the country for nearly three decades.
Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak has been in office for 28 years. With a 2011 election looming, many say his son Gamal is being groomed for an uncontested handover despite his unpopularity.
A boisterous crowd greeted former UN nuclear boss Mohamed ElBaradei in Cairo Friday and urged him to run for president. He says it's time for 'real democracy.'
The first successful DNA testing of Egyptian mummies -- including on that of King Tut -- sheds light on what caused the boy king's death, and what led to his problems in life.
Mahasen Saber started 'Divorce radio' to reverse popular conceptions of divorced women, long stimatized in Egypt's conservative society, and create a supportive community.
After Egypt vanquished Algeria 4-0 in the African Nations Cup, the country exploded in celebration.
Egypt's first female bodyguard unit empowers women while meeting a demand for increased security among wealthy women and at major events.
While Egypt’s pressure on Hamas has backed the Islamist movement into a corner, it has also inflamed Palestinian anger by doing so – and thus weakened Egypt’s power as a regional negotiator.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is expected to name Mohamed Badie as its new Supreme Guide on Saturday – a move that could alienate reformists and stymie their efforts to challenge President Mubarak.
With Cairo in transition, collectors scramble to save a fading era.
Israel says the wall, a $270 million project unveiled Sunday aimed at stemming immigration from Africa, will ensure its Jewish and democratic character.
Egyptian archeologists presented new evidence Monday that the people who worked on the Great Pyramids of Giza were not Jewish slaves, but paid laborers. Newly discovered tombs show construction workers were honored by being buried near the pyramids.
The attack that killed six Christians as they left a Jan. 7 Christmas mass, and the ensuing clashes between Christian protesters and Egypt's mainly Muslim security forces, may signal a turn for the worse.
A Hamas-led demonstration erupted in violence, with one Egyptian soldier killed and at least 20 Palestinians injured after clashes erupted on both sides of the Gaza-Egypt border. The Galloway aid convoy starts to arrive in Gaza.
Some 1,400 activists from 43 countries had gathered in Cairo since Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza war. Egypt says about 100 will be allowed to march into the Gaza Strip.
Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egypt President Mubarak met in Cairo and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ahead of a visit by US envoy George Mitchell. The two leaders also discussed captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
American and European activists attempting to go to the Gaza Strip from Egypt to protest Israel's actions during last year's Gaza war have been blocked from doing so – and say they have been harshly treated by Egyptian authorities.
Egypt's Islamic opposition to autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood, faces a split along generational lines as older conservatives' influence is rising.
Reports from the Gaza border say that Egypt is building an underground wall as deep as 100 feet to stem smuggling in Hamas-controlled tunnels. But there are broader goals, too.