Our crisis is that we have people like Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who wears the cowboy outfit and a hat and often forgets that he is Egyptian. He behaves as if he were “high commissioner.” Ibrahim is an ugly example of foreign interference in the country’s affairs. He preaches theories and ideas that are alien to our reality and our culture, and that are not in our interests.
Some 240 homes in Egypt meet
their waterloo on a daily basis as women get their divorce rulings in courts every six minutes while five million women are
not aware they are divorced, according to the figures of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics
In this article we will take a closer look at Sacd al-Dīn Ibrāhīm, a herald of change in the region, before deciding whether or not he should be condemned.
Madīna al-Nour, situated in the district of al-Zāwiya al-Hamrā’, Cairo. It is one of the typical areas for rural immigration, where a rapid transition of lifestyles and values can be seen. Poverty excludes the inhabitants of Madīna al-Nour from the splendors of jet-set Cairo, but globalization also touches this area, visible in mobile phone shops and internet cafés. Overpopulation and acoustical pollution create tensions. Places for Christian-Muslim encounter and interaction are continuously reduced. On the one hand, there are serious and profound friendships between Christians and Muslims; on the other hand, in the wake of violent events in the early 1980s, there are tensions and suspicions. Community life turns around the mosques and the church, which provide a huge range of activities, but also have the tendency to lock the people up in a ghetto. Religious institutions have proven to be centers of indoctrination and agitation, but mosques and churches also shape community life and create spaces for the experience of universality and participation.
On the occasion of the Coptic celebration of Christmas tomorrow, Coptic churches perform masses today evening to celebrate the event. Archpriest Bulos Sam’an Abdel Sayyed of the Church of Saint Mary and Bishop Abra’am in Giza recounts the story of the Annunciation and some meditations on this event.
Christianity Today published a long article by Cornelis Hulsman about H.H. Pope Shenouda and Father Matta el-Meskeen, two major reformers in the contemporary Coptic Orthodox Church. The article is presented in this issue of the RNSAW with permission of Christianity Today. You will find here presented the text before it was edited by Christianity Today. It is slightly longer than the printed version. Hulsman wrote a special article for the RNSAW, which gives background information concerning how this article developed, with mention of the sensitivities that had to be addressed.
The head of the Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transplantation Department at the Animal Reproduction Research Institute, who is a Copt, faced problems around his promotion to a higher position. Although he meets all the conditions for the promotion and although he was recommended by the Minister of Agriculture, one of his Muslim colleagues was appointed instead of him.
The article compares the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban. Both of them practice terrorism and claim to be following religion.
President Mubarak issued a presidential decree approving the new management board of the Coptic Endowments Authority. Officials within the authority explain that the problems between the authority and the Ministry of Endowments are dissolving after the authority reclaimed 600 feddans. The total agricultural land the authority manages is around 5,000 feddans and it reclaimed 800 feddans.
Brotherhood MPs are preparing a campaign aimed at television, its budget, programs, drama, and the female television announcers. They filed about 500 information requests, choosing popular topics to start crisis: three sex novels published by the Ministry of Culture, the Miss Egypt competition, removing extremist teachers and kisses in movies.