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Egypt : Professors oppose enrolment of Christian students

ICC Note

Christians in Egypt are persecuted and discriminated against by Islamic extremists and government officials. In the latest such instance of discrimination, Christian students face possible denial of admittance into al-Azhar University , one of the country’s prestigious institutions.

11/03/2008 Egypt (AKI) – Professors at Egypt ‘s al-Azhar University , Sunni Islam’s most prestigious institution, say they oppose the enrolment of Christian students in order to preserve what they call the Islamic identity of the oldest theological university in the world.

A lawyer from Egypt ‘s Christian Coptic faith, Mamdouh Nakhla, filed a lawsuit against al-Azhar for its refusal to accept students and called it an “unconstitutional university” because it discriminates between Muslims and Christians.

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