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I had very mixed feelings about attending an intercultural summer school in Cairo which focused on Muslim-Christian relations. I have always had a complicated relationship with religion. Throughout my life God has always been abstract and absent. Perhaps I wouldn’t go as far as saying ‘God is dead...
How should we assess the endless stream of media reports and images that we are exposed to daily? On July 2, 2018, Matthew Sparks (M.A., Georgetown University) facilitated an important and evocative discussion of this question and introduced Arab-West Report, the massive electronic database...
Between January 3 and January 20th I was in Uganda and Kenya. The main purpose for my visit was to visit my son Filip who was working at the University of Mbarara on the development of MRI equipment. Uganda needs to import MRI equipment at 3 million US dollars per machine, but most hospitals don’t...
Every year on January 11 or 12, Dayr Abu Hinnis, a small, isolated Christian village 186 miles south of Cairo, commemorates the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. The celebrations at Dayr Abu Hinnis begin in the early morning hours as Coptic pilgrims ferry across the Nile, singing and clapping...
On March 12, I finally got to meet Leslie Maras, the Belgian prisoner I had been reading and writing about for a while as part of my internship at the Centre for Arab-West Understanding. Leslie Maras was sentenced to life for smuggling drugs into Egypt. His parents are trying to transfer him to a...
The Center for Arab-West Understanding is an Egyptian NGO welcoming internships in Cairo for the sake of inter-religious dialogue and mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims in the Arab world, offering a program for young people of all nationalities and faiths. Italian journalist Giulia...
 Editor AWR: Seok-jo was our first South Korean intern. His English written language skills were not the best, but we always try to find tasks for interns that both benefit the intern concerned as well as contribute to our database. We asked Seok-jo to help investigate the tensions around the...
The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) has “adopted” Belgian prisoner Leslie Maras, who was arrested in February 2006 for attempting to smuggle drugs into Egypt and was sentenced to life in prison. The sentence is extremely harsh for European standards. His parents were in Egypt for one week...
It has been several months now since I first discovered Arab West Report. One day, at home, I had a look at the AWR website and I began reading its content, as I had always been interested in learning more about religions in the Middle East and how they coexist. I was so surprised when I realized...
In the first official meeting abroad pope Tawadros has met with Fr. Philip expert in the affairs of the Orient to the Ambassador of the Vatican Pope in the UN.
From July 26 to July 7, the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development and the Center for Arab-West Understanding, jointly administered a highly successful intercultural summer school. The school was sponsored through the SGP party (Reformed Political Party) in the Netherlands, who support...
The case of Leslie Maras inspires the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) to explore the details of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. Mr. Maras (45) is a Belgian national who was arrested in Egypt on the 24th of February 2006, upon his arrival on a KLM/Air France flight to Cairo...
Thank you for inviting me to this conference organized by UN Global Compact in the "Private Sector's Contribution in Supporting Interfaith Understanding" session. It is a great honor to be with you and I see this as a recognition for the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation work in our...
On September 18th, we met in the Christian Reformed Church of Den Haag in the Netherlands Mrs. Rekaya al-Hafi [Rūqaīya al-Ḥāfī] from Tunisia. She is preparing for participation in the Tunisian presidential elections of 2019. She is going into the elections as a humanitarian activist, and works on...
Eildert Mulder takes issue with Janneke Stegeman’s claim of “the myth of religiously motivated violence.” Of course, there is more than only religiously motivated violence, but Islamic extremists have demonstrated that Islamic inspired violence exists, however much this is despised by the great...
بعد الأحداث الطائفية التي وقعت بقرية كفر درويش التابعة لمركز الفشن جنوب محافظة بني سويف بشهر، و بالتحديد في شهر يوليو/تموز 2015، تم لقاء صحفي بين القمص هاتور عبد الله، راعي كنيسة السيدة العذراء بالقرية و بيني بصفتي نائب رئيس مركز تقارب العرب و الغرب. كان برفقتي الباحث الأمريكي ماثيو أندرسون. و قد...
This interview was conducted in July 2015 with Father Hātūr ʿAbdullāh [Hathur ʿAbdullah], pastor of the Church of The Holy Virgin in Kafr Darwīsh, district of al-Fashn, Beni Suef governorate, around a month after reports about sectarian strife in his village. The interview was arranged through...
The village of Dimshāw has become the scene of tensions between Muslims and Christians because Christians wanted to change a prayer house into a church building. It happens a lot that Christians in villages with no or insufficient church buildings meet for prayer in a house. Generally Muslims in...
Ayad Mossad [ʿAyyād Musʿad] discusses his time as foundation chairman of the Arab-West Report as well as some background information on his life. Accompanied is a contextual commentary included by Cornelis Hulsman.

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