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24. Observations of a British teacher in Cairo

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24. Observations of a British teacher in Cairo
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January 17, 2013
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John Denis Gallagher
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

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17. Holy Family Tourism can support the Egyptian economy; a call for a conference on developing a tourism project in al-Faramā , North Sinai

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17. Holy Family Tourism can support the Egyptian economy; a call for a conference on developing a tourism project in al-Faramā , North Sinai
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July 23, 2012
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Samir Mitry Gayed
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[Editor: Samir Mitri Gayed is an accomplished Egyptian Coptic Orthodox businessman, founder and director of Electro Mitry Company, a company with the largest share in nuclear energy development in Egypt]

Samir Mitri Gayed, Egyptian Coptic Orthodox businessman, founder and director of Electro Mitry Company
Until I came to know the work of Cornelis Hulsman on the Holy Family tradition I was hardly aware of the great importance of this tradition. With Hulsman I visited locations of the Holy Family in 2002 and 2003 and then started to develop thoughts about how this tradition could be used to stimulate the Egyptian economy through encouraging and developing a new type of tourism, namely religious tourism.  Throughout the years I have met with other businessmen, researchers and several Ministers of Tourism and developed my thoughts as presented here.

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16. AWR Daily Overview, May 21, 2012: Copts without Restrictions urges participation in presidential elections

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16. AWR Daily Overview, May 21, 2012: Copts without Restrictions urges participation in presidential elections
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May 21, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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Sharīf Ramzī, the founder of the Copts without Restrictions movement, called on all citizens of Egypt to vote in the presidential elections and shoulder their share of responsibility in monitoring the voting process. [Shādyah Yūsūf, al-Ahrām, May 21, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

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44. Painting stolen from mosque in Darb Ahmar

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44. Painting stolen from mosque in Darb Ahmar
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September 13, 2011
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'Ala al-Din Thahir
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Eleanor Swingewood
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A painting, depicting the Prophet Muhammad, was stolen from a mosque in Darb Ahmar from the mihrab. The theft has adversely affected the value of the ancient mosque, which has been around since Ottoman times. This incident is not the first in this area of Cairo.

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10. Ground sinking in Fayoum - Islamic monuments in danger

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10. Ground sinking in Fayoum - Islamic monuments in danger
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August 27, 2011
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Mohammad al-Fil and Gamal Qatb
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Eleanor Swingewood
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An area in the city of Fayoum is being inspected by an engineering committee, as cracks in the earth have appeared just 300 meters away from some Islamic monuments. Some houses and shops were also damaged. So far, the cause of this erosion is not clear.

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53. Protecting Monastery of Sama‘ān al-Kharāz in al-Duwayqah

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53. Protecting Monastery of Sama‘ān al-Kharāz in al-Duwayqah
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May 26, 2011
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Dr. 'Abd al-Qawī Khalīfah, Cairo governor, assured the necessity of taking all engineering, scientific, artistic measures to protect Monastery of Sama‘ān al-Kharāz in al-Duwayqah area for its global and touristic value.

[Reviewer's Note: News story was also covered in al-Yawm al-Sābi', May 25, 2011]

 

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38. Restoration of Jewish antiquities has nothing to do with Israel

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38. Restoration of Jewish antiquities has nothing to do with Israel
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August 7, 2010
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Karīm Salāh
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Radwa Yūnus
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In a seminar in Alexandria, Zāhī Hawwās, the head of the National Council for Antiquities stressed that restoration of Jewish antiquities in Egypt has nothing to do with Israel, asserting that the Jewish antiquities are part of the Egyptian heritage.

 

Hawwās rejected the anger of some Copts at regaining Judas Gospel from Spain, stressing that it has an archaeological value apart from religious and theological dimension.

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34. Emirates opens its first Coptic archaeological site for visitors

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34. Emirates opens its first Copt archaeological site for visitors
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December 12, 2010
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Diana Ghali
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United Arab Emirates opened its first coptic archaeological site on its land for visitors. It is the monastery of Eastern Assyrian Church which dates back to the 7th century A.D., according to Emirates News Agency.

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35. Jewish Antiquities Head Says Financial Shortage to Blame for Work Stoppage at Jewish Synagogue in ‘Abbāsiyyah

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35. Jewish Antiquities Head Says Financial Shortage to Blame for Work Stoppage at Jewish Synagogue in ‘Abbāsiyyah
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December 27, 2010
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‘Alā’ al-Zāhir
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Muhsin Rabī‘, the head of the Department of Jewish Antiquities, has denied that the halting of reconstruction at the Jewish Synagogue in ‘Abbāsiyyah has anything to do with politics or prejudice.

He says that Jewish synagogues are part of Egypt's history, chalking the work stoppage up to a lack of financial resources.

Rabī‘ also explained that the synagogue was originally shut down because the number of Jews who follow the Karaite sect (to which the synagogue belongs) have decreased in Egypt.

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35. Coptic art and Islamic architecture in an international conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Coptic art and Islamic architecture in an international conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
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September 23, 2010
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Taha Abdel Rahman
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Ahmad al-Ghaz&#363l&#299
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The influence of Islamic architecture on Coptic art was discussed today at a conference on Egypt during the Coptic period held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and organized by the Calligraphy Center, the Ministry of Culture and the Society for Coptic Archaeology. The conference also witnessed the launch of a website that serves as a database for Egyptology.

Key Words: Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Calligraphy Center - Dr. Atef Abdel Dayem - Dr. Loay Saeed - Dr. Abdel Haleem Nour El-Din

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