Laila Takla

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Dr. Laila Takla is a Coptic Egyptian politician, author, and promoter of positive Muslim-Christian relations.

Interparliamentary Union[edit]

Takla is the first female president of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egyptian People's Assembly. She was also the first woman to become chairperson of a session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which she is a member of.[1] Additionally, she is a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Takla is also a university professor of Law and Management who taught at Cairo University as well as several other universities.

Takla also operates as an international legal consultant, based in Cairo, Egypt. In the period from 1980 to 1987 she acted as an adviser for Lockheed Corporation.

Muslim-Christian relations[edit]

In Takla's 2010 book, Christian-Islamic Heritage, she calls for greater understanding and compassion between the two faiths. She questions the historical grounding of the view of fanatical clerics that Christians are not permitted to build their churches and worship in their own way stating that the Islamic Prophet Muhammad allowed a delegation of Najran Christians to pray in His mosque at Medina in the Christian way.[3]

Takla beseeches "Whether you are Christian or Muslim, allow no place in your heart, mind, and conduct for fanaticism, hate, and exclusion."[3]


  1. ^ "Dr.Laila Takla: The First Female President of Inter-Parliamentary Union". Egypt Magazine. Winter 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
  2. ^ "Egypt State Information Service Winter 2008".
  3. ^ a b "Al-Ahram Weekly, Culture, "Between Conflict and Reconciliation"". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2011-06-04.