Academy announces new award
The Cairo-based Scientific Academy for Research in the Qur’an and Sunnah has announced the launching of a new annual award for the scientific wonders of the Holy Qur’an. The award carries a cash prize of EP100, 000, and participation is open to anyone from any country, according to Dr. Ahmed Shawqi Ibrahim. He added that the research paper should not be less than 50 pages, to be sent to the Academy, at 3 Shin, Wasfi, and Faisal Road, Giza.
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Iranian Nobel Laureate Given Bodyguards
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been given bodyguards by police following a number of death threats since she returned to Iran last month, a close associate said Wednesday.
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, spokesman for the Center for Protecting Human Rights, said Ebadi has received one or two threatening letters a day since a week after the Nobel was announced Oct. 10.
Dadkhah said one of the letters depicted a knife and another threatened, "You will be punished for this prize."
Dadkhah said it was not clear who was sending the death threats but that it appeared to be a warning by extremist groups. He didn't elaborate.
Police have responded by assigning bodyguards to Ebadi, according to Dadkhah. Police have also given her a police car with a driver. The protection was provided after the center, co-founded by Ebadi, wrote to Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari warning that her life was in danger, he said.
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Book Confiscated, Eohr Alarmed By Religious Institutions' Increasing Censorship
Confiscating "Wasaia fi Ishq Al Nisaa" is a Breach of Freedom of Opinion and Expression and a Threat to the Civil State
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding a decision made by the Islamic Research Institute of Al Azhar, confiscating a book entitled "Wasaia fi Ishq Al Nisaa" (Recommendations for Loving Women). The author of the book is Ahmed El Shahawy, a poet. It was published by the General Book Authority as part of the "Reading for All" series in January 2003.
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