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19. Christian publications in Egypt

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19. Christian publications in Egypt
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2007
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18
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19
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p. 12
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06-05-2007
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Katia Saqqa
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The following press review presents the titles of Christian publications published in Egypt by various Christian denominations.

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Rose al-Yūsuf compiles a list of Coptic publications including:
Al-Kirāzah first published in 1965. The magazine tackles doctrinal and theological issues in addition to subjects related to the history of the church.
80.6 % of the magazine’s articles are religious, 11 % culture and 8.2 % entertainment. 75.3 % of its authors are clergymen and 24.7 are laymen. It has a preaching and dictating discourse. [Reviewer: The article does not mentioned a specific time frame for these figures]
Madāris al-Ahad is a magazine that has been published since 1947. The magazine began publishing articles about the negative aspects of the church and calls for reform.
The magazine has documented various church incidents.
Like al-Kirāzah, Madāris al-Ahad has a dictating discourse. 92% of its subjects are religious, 4.6 % entertainment and 0.9 % cultural.
Murqus is a publication that has been issued by Saint Makarius Monastery since 1957. The author of the article considers it one of the most sublime publications. [Reviewer: No further information]
Father Mattá al-Miskīn used to write for the magazine in both Arabic and English. The magazine publishes translated articles from the writings of the patriarchs and saints. Its discourse is dictating. 10 issues are published a year.
Al-Yaqazah has been publishing for 83 years now. It is a religious, literary, and social periodical established by Father Ibrāhīm Lūqā, and now directed by his two daughters. The articles are of traditional religious themes and a lot of the material published is from the World classical literature.
Risālat al-Shabāb al-Kanasī is a non-periodical magazine issued by the episcopate of youth in the Coptic Orthodox Church. The author says the magazine was recently developed to meet the young people’s needs. 52.6 % of the material published in the magazine is religious, 47,4% cultural. 66.7 of its authors are from the laymen and 33.3% are clergymen. Its discourse is 70.50% and 26.5 % journalistic. Recently, the magazine witnessed an important change in its discourse and started to address the youth in a more practical. [Reviewer: No further information provided to compare the publications.]
The episcopate of youth issues other publications like Aghsān, al-Kalimah and many others.
Sawt al-Rā‘ī, is another magazine that targets the teenagers. This is the 28th year of the non periodical magazine issued by the Coptic Orthodox Church, in sporting in Alexandria. The magazine is considered one of the most successful Coptic Orthodox publications. The magazine uses up-to-date techniques and journalistic styles. Only priests sign their articles published in the periodical.
As for children’s magazines, there are many; Madāris al-Ahad li Nash’ al-Kanīsah which has been published for 32 years now, the children, Bustān al-Zuhūr, and Barā‘im Antonius which is a non periodical issued in Saint Antonius church in Shubrā, now in its 21st year.
Dunyā al-Tifl is a non-periodical publication that teaches parents methods of dealing with their children.
Outside Cairo many religious publications from the Coptic Orthodox Church are issued such as Afabafly in Akhmīm and Sawt al-Rā‘ī which is a non-periodical publication for teenagers published in Alexandria.
As for the Catholic Church’s publications, the first Catholic publication was al-Sabāh that was established in 1930. It is issued by the Coptic Catholic Patriarchy.
Risālat al-Kanīsah was issued for the first time in 1978 by the Coptic Catholic Patriarchy. It is considered to be the mouthpiece of the Catholic laymen. It was first published in al-Minyā, an Upper Egyptian governorate, and is now based in Cairo. It is issued every other month.
The weekly Hāmil al-Risālah was established in 1958 and has a French section [Reviewer: it is not mentioned whether the publication is published in French and Arabic at the same time, or if the French material is only a supplement.]
The magazine says the author is characterized by continuous modernization and updating. The editor-in-chief of this magazine is the Franciscan Father Yūsuf Mazlūm, director of the Catholic Egyptian Cinema Center.
Al-Risālah magazine is issued on Christmas and Easter by the Jesus Heart Church in Cairo. It is distributed for free and tackles the bishopric’s affairs. It is published under the authorization of the head of the Coptic Catholic Church.
Sadiq al-Kāhin is a periodical that was established in 1960. It is issued by the al-Ma‘ādī Faculty of Theology and Humanities under the authorization of the Coptic Catholic Church.
Risālat Maryam is a non-periodical publication, first issued in 1999 under the title Junūd Maryam. It is based in Cairo and issued under the authorization of the Coptic Catholic Church. The periodical is considered the sole publication that expresses the charisma, life, and message of Junūd Maryam in Egypt. [Reviewer: “Legions de Marie,” Junūd Maryam is an organized Catholic activity that was first established in Europe. Starting from the age of 12, members are organized in groups and hold weekly meetings that always begin with the Rosary. Adult members are engaged in humanitarian activities like visiting hospitals, prisons, etc…]
Al-Murqusīyah Magazine is a non-periodical publication issued by the Coptic Catholic Diocese in al-Ismā‘ilīyah. It has a spiritual, cultural, and social orientation and tackles the diocese’s affairs.
Al-Mahabbah al-Mansūrīyah magazine is a non-periodical publication interested in al-Mansūrah’s community affairs. It aims to spread the spiritual culture of Mansūrah city.
Moreover, there are other mainly spiritual Catholic publications such as Madāris al-Ahad issued by the Catholic Syrian Church and the magazine of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus issued by the Carmelite fathers in Cairo.
Lutfī al-Numayri expresses in Rose al-Yūsuf of May 5, 2007 that Catholic journalism in Egypt undergoes constant regress and success.
Michael ‘Ādil ‘Ajāybī wrote about the Evangelical Church publications in Egypt. The first Evangelical publication in Egypt was the weekly Egyptian Evangelical Publication in 1871. From 1894 it became al-Murshid magazine before becoming al-Hudá magazine in 1911. Al-Hudá is now a monthly magazine.
Al-Hudá publishes some hot subjects and critical articles about the denomination’s affairs. It also tackles general issues, and as a result is not solely a religious periodical.
Al-Tarīq is a monthly magazine that can be considered cultural rather than purely religious. It publishes hot subjects and discussions. [Reviewer: No specific information mentioned. However, hot issues will be controversial issues or problematic issue of the day.]
A‘midat al-Zawāyā is issued by the Association of the Evangelical Church Ladies. It tackles women’s issues.
Another Protestant publication is Ajnihat al-Nusūr.
Nahw al-Hadaf is issued for the youth of the Evangelical Church. This is in addition to Ajnihat al-Nusūr magazine. [Reviewer: No details mentioned].
Moreover, the Brothers’ Church in Egypt publishes two magazines: Risālat al-Shabāb al-Masīhī and al-Marā‘ī al-Khadrā’. Both magazines discuss subjects related to the interpretation of the Bible, history, and literature.
The Pentecostal Church issues al-Shahādah al-Khamsīniyyah and the General Assembly of God’s Churches issues Būq al-Injīl, a religious, social, and literary magazine that was established in 1920.

Name of publication

Denomination

Established in year

Kind of discourse

Number of issues published

Al-Kirāzah

Coptic Orthodox

1965

80.6 % of the magazine’s articles are religious, 11 % culture and 8.2 % entertainment. 75.3 % of its authors are clergymen and 24.7 are laymen. It has a preaching and dictating discourse.

Not mentioned

Madāris al-Ahad

Coptic Orthodox

1947

A dictating discourse. 92% of its subjects are religious, 4.6 % entertainment and 0.9 % cultural.

Not mentioned

Murqus

Coptic Orthodox

1957

Translated articles from the writings of the patriarchs and saints. Its discourse is dictating.

10 issues a year.

Al-Yaqazah

Coptic Orthodox

For 83 years now.

Religious, literary, and social

Not mentioned

Risālat al-Shabāb al-Kanasī

Coptic Orthodox

 

Its discourse is 70.50% and 26.5 journalistic. 52.6 % of the material published in the magazine is religious, 47.4 % cultural.

Not mentioned

Aghsān,

Coptic Orthodox

Not mentioned

For the youth

Not mentioned

Al-Kalimah

Coptic Orthodox

Not mentioned

For the teenagers

Not mentioned

Sawt al-Rācī

Coptic Orthodox

Non periodical, issued for the 28th year now

Variety for teenagers

Not mentioned

Madāris al-Ahad li Nash’ al-Kanīsah

Coptic Orthodox

For 32 years now

Religious / kids

Not mentioned

Barācim Antonius

Coptic Orthodox

Non periodical, issued for the 21st year now

Various /  kids

Not mentioned

Bustān al-Zuhūr

Coptic Orthodox

Non-periodical issued since 1998

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Dunyā al-Tifl

Coptic Orthodox

Non-periodical issued for the 17th year

Pedagogic, spiritual and social.

Not mentioned

Afabafly

Coptic Orthodox

Not mentioned. Issued every two months

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

al-Sabāh

Catholic Church

1930

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Risālat al-Kanīsah

Catholic Church

1987

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Hāmil al-Risālah, Weekly

Catholic Church

1958

 

Not mentioned

Al-Risālah

Catholic Church

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Sadiq al-Kāhin

Catholic Church

1960

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Risālat Maryam, first published under the title Junūd Maryam

Catholic Church

1999

It expresses the charisma, life, and message of Junūd Maryam in Egypt

Not mentioned

Al-Murqusīyah Magazine

Catholic Church

Not mentioned

Spiritual, cultural, and social. It tackles the diocese’s affairs.

Not mentioned

Al-Mahabbah al-Mansūrīyah, non periodical

Catholic Church

Not mentioned

Spiritual

Not mentioned

Madāris al-Ahad

Catholic Church

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Catholic Church

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Egyptian Evangelical Publication, al-Murshid, al-Hudá

Protestant

1871, 1894, 1911

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Al-Hudá

Protestant

1911

Denomination’s affairs, variety.

Not mentioned

Al-Tarīq

Protestant

Not mentioned

Cultural and religious

Not mentioned

Acmidat al-Zawāyā

Protestant

Not mentioned

Women issues

Not mentioned

Ajnihat al-Nusūr

Protestant

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Nahw al-Hadaf

Protestant

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Risālat al-Shabāb al-Masīhī

Protestant

Not mentioned

Interpretation of the Bible, history and literature

Not mentioned

Al-Marācī al-Khadrā’

Protestant

Not mentioned

Interpretation of the Bible, history and literature

Not mentioned

al-Shahādah al-Khamsīniyyah

Protestant

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Būq al-Injīl

Protestant

1920

Religious, social and literary

Not mentioned


[Reviewer: For an Arabic link to research conducted by an Egyptian about the Coptic press in Egypt see: http://www.elaph.com/ElaphWeb/Interview/2006/1/120443.htm]

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