Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to express concern over the June 30 arrest and imprisonment of the professor and several of his associates from the research institute he directs, the Ibn Khaldun Center.
Response letter by John D. Gerhart to concern about threats to academic freedom at AUC as a result of the ongoing controversy over the inclusion of Muhammad Choukri's novel, Al-Khubz Al-Hafi, in a freshman seminar on Arabic literature and urges maintenance of AUC’s tradition of academic freedom.
Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to urge a public commitment to defend academic freedom in Egypt and the free flow of information and ideas, in response to reports of increasing censorship and book-banning by the Ministry of Information.
Letter to President Hosni Mubarak regarding an order to the American University in Cairo prohibiting the use of the book Muhammad, a classic text by Maxime Robinson. A student circulated a petition and a journalist published an article in the 13 May 1998 issue of al-Ahram, stating that the book contained passages that insult Islamic beliefs and ridicule the Holy Book.
Letter to Egyptian authorities regarding the arrest of Dr. Ahmad al-Ahwaney and continued detention on the charges of preparing documents for distribution to destabilize public order despite his denial of these charges.
Letter to Egyptian Authorities regarding the arrest and imprisonment of university professors accused of founding the illegal political party al-Wasat.
Letter to Egyptian Authorities regarding the court ruling divorcing Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and his wife Professor Ibtihal Yunis against their wills on the grounds that he is an apostate and not eligible to be married to a Muslim woman.
Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the arrest and treatment of Basil Ramsis who was severely beaten by agents of the State Security Investigations Department during his arrest and unlawful detention and interrogated at SSI headquarters for participation in peaceful protests.
Letter to al-Ahram regarding the actions of the Egyptian Press attacking the Ibn Khaldun Center in connection with the Conference on the UN Declaration on Minorities and People of the Arab World and Middle East to have been held in Cairo.
Letter to the President of Cairo University regarding the denial of full professorship for Nasir Hamid Abi Zayd and encouraging an investigation into the case in order to reopen the consideration for promotion in order to ensure that intellectual freedom is upheld by Cairo University.
Letter to the Egyptian President regarding the decree to dissolve the AWSA being upheld in the Judicial Courts and refused to grant an injunction to allow AWSA to continue operating while awaiting the outcome of its appeal. (See 18/2/1992; 16/9/1991)
Letter to the Egyptian President expressing concern over the government’s decision to dissolve the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA), a group that brings together Arab and foreign scholars to examine issues related to the status of women in the Arab world. AWSA is an internationally recognized organization and its closure will contribute to the restriction of intellectual freedom in Egypt.