An Egyptian court ruled Saturday against giving Bahais the right to include their faith on official identification documents, ending an almost nine-month court battle.
"The Egyptian constitution recognizes only three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism," the judge of the Supreme Administrative Court said in his verdict.
Bahaism is a religion that emerged from Islam and regards a 19th century Persian nobleman, Baha'u'llah, as its prophet, a challenge to the Muslim belief that Muhammad is the last prophet.
The ruling is expected to spark a new round of public debate between Islamists, on one side and rights' advocates who describe the ruling as a violation of human rights, on the other.
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