Sharia forbids Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. As such, what should be a private matter between two people becomes a point of tension driven by the sense of entitlement inherent in Islamic law to “dominate and not be dominated.”
“Egypt Muslims stone Coptic churches in sectarian clash,” from Agence France-Presse, October 24:
CAIRO — Muslims students stoned Coptic Christian churches and homes in a southern Egyptian village on Saturday after four Muslims suspected of killing a Copt were kept in custody, police said.
The unrest began when the prosecutor extended the detention of the Muslims in the village of Dairut who are suspected of killing an elderly Copt in his home last week, a police official said.
Stone-throwing Muslim students and Copts clashed before police deployed in the town, the official added.
The men in custody had allegedly sought to attack the Coptic man’s son, who was dating a Muslim girl and was rumoured to have passed out a CD with explicit pictures of her. Instead they found only the father at home.
Copts account for six to 10 percent of Egypt’s 80-million population. They complain of discrimination and have been the targets of sectarian killings and violence.