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The narrow streets in Al Zawya Al Hamra are quiet. A donkey pulls a cart, a woman carries fresh bread on her head and some boys are repairing their TukTuk. On such mornings, it is hard to imagine that these same streets once were the stage of tragic fights between Muslim and Christian residents....
Intern Aidan and Cornelis Hulsman interviewed Dr. Mahmūd ‘Azab  (Mahmoud Azzab) on June 19, 2013 about the Bayt Al-‘A’ila (Bayt al-Aila), the Azhar initiated center for Muslim-Christian dialogue. Bayt Al-‘A’ila is Arabic for House of the Family, that is presenting Muslims and Christians in Egypt...
[Background: Trouw, an important and influential daily newspaper in the Netherlands, published on August 4, an opinion article of the chairmen of the youth organizations of three political parties; the CU (Christian Union), SGP (Reformed Political Party) and CDA (Christian Democratic Party), which...
We are grateful for the blog space Egypt Today is providing Arab-West Report, an electronic magazine and database founded in 1997 to foster understanding between people of different cultures and convictions. We believe in pluralism, which means that we have to accept that people, both individuals...
Since January 2014 I am the Editor of the Maadi Messenger in Cairo Egypt. The Maadi Messenger is distributed to 4000 people, mainly expatriates, in Cairo. One of my first articles for the Maadi Messenger was about Christians in Shubra, see: http://www.maadimessenger.com/
Why did most Copts vote for presidential candidate ‘Abd al-Fattāh al-Sīsī? Why did they previously seemingly entirely take the side of the army in opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood?  What do they fear that makes them seek closeness to the army to the extent that this provokes anger from...
By appearances, the Coptic Orthodox Church is doing everything wrong. But appearances can be deceiving; officially, they are doing everything right. But there is a messy in-between which casts doubt on it all. As convoluted as Egypt’s post-June 30 transition has been following the popular deposing...
Arab-West Report has had infrequent contact throughout the years with scholars of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, who founded the Institute of Middle East Studies. Arab-West Report obtained permission to republish Arthur Brown’s “Speaking Out: Muslim Leaders Respond to the...
  Dr. Enan Galaly, having the Knight of Dannebrog title bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Ambassador of Historical Relations between Denmark and the Middle East and chairman of the Advisory Council for the International Association of University Presidents worldwide, and...
Father Frans van der Lugt was yesterday murdered in cold blood in the rebel-held area of Homs, Syria. When the UN brokered ceasefire began in February this year Father Frans van der Lugt refused to be evacuated. He wanted to remain with the 23 Christians who were the last of a community which used...
Raymond Ibrahim, author of “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians,” is blatantly anti-Muslim in his writings. He is doing ‘well’ in creating fear for Muslims.  Ibrahim interprets all violence of Muslims against Christians as something that is motivated through Islam as religion....
On Friday, November 29, an article appeared in al-Fath, an independent Salafī newspaper, written by reporters Tāriq Bahgat and Walīd Mansūr. [1] The article reports on the discussion that took place between Bishop Bola, the representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Constituent Assembly,...
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A high-ranking Emirati delegation has visited Pope Tawadros in the Anba Bishoy Monastery in Wadī al-Natrūn. Pope Tawadros is reported to have said “We are very happy to meet our Emirati brethren who we have a strong bonds and relations with” (Nagwá Bikhāyt, al-Dustūr, Jan. 15, p. 2).
The Egyptian Church has called upon all citizens to give a yes vote in the referendum.
General al-Sīsī’s request for a popular delegation for him to nominate himself for presidency was well received among Coptic circles.
The Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has called upon Egyptians to give a ‘Yes’ vote in the Constitutional Referendum. He added in a video that was broadcasted in CTV, that there is an Arab proverb that “‘Yes’ increases the blessings” (Majdī Fikrī and Alī Ragab, al-Dustūr, Jan. 12. p. 3).
A number of the leaders and members of al-Wafd party have visited some Islamic and Coptic charity associations to congratulate Copts on the occasion of Christmas. They gave them al-Mawlid al-Nabawī (Prophet’s Birthday) sweets to reiterate the message of national unity (Muān Abū Skīn, al-Wafd, Jan...
Bishop Pochamius, bishop of Beheira and Matruh, stated that the referendum to be held on the 14 and 15th of January is a continuation of the June 30 Revolution.  He asked the people to give a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum (Author not mentioned, al-Watan, Jan. 8, p. 4).
The shops of Copts in al-Minya celebrate the Mawlid al-Nabawī (the Birthday of the Prophet) which is an act of love that repeats itself this time of the year. Pastry shops in Shuhadā’ Square in al-Minya, owned by Copts, have been decorated in preparation for the Mawlid. These shops did not receive...
Under intense security measures the churches in the different governorates have celebrated Christmas. The mass was attended by community, political, executive, security leaders. Muslims and Christians were united in the celebrations in the governorates (Ghādah al Disūsny, et. al, al-Shurūq, Jan. 8...
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