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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...
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...
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.
Cornelis Hulsman Drs. and Bishop Thomas of al-Qussia discuss the bishop's Anafora retreat center in an interview published by the Maadi Messenger in 2014 with additional contextual commentary by Cornelis Hulsman.
Editor AWR: The Center for Arab-West Understanding had invited Prof. Dr. Ḥassan M. Wajīh Ḥassan to provide a response to a lecture of H.E. Lord George Carey on July 13, 2018. Dr. Wajīh suffered of pain in his spine and was unable to come and for that reason wrote a “response” to a lecture that he...
These names, however, did not appeal to Coptic youth coalitions who rejected nominations by any circles close to the papal seat, preferring former member of parliament ‘Imād Jād. There was a space of agreement between the two camps, though: refusing names like former MP Jamāl As’ad or Muslim...
Meanwhile, a group advocating the freedom of policemen to grow their beards sent a message to President Mursī, reminding him of his pledges during TV interviews during his presidential campaigning that he would allow beard growing inside the police establishment. “Mursī, by becoming president, has...
The Azhar Grand Shaykh’s office said Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb walked out of the ceremonies hosted by Cairo University on Saturday (June 30) on the occasion of president-elect Muhammad Mursī’s taking the constitutional oath of office out of his keenness on the dignity of the Azhar and its scholars....
The Cairo Criminal Court starts today (July 2) its first session in the trial of Michael ‘Ādil Najīb and Michael Mus’ad Shākir, the two defendants in the October 9 clashes outside the state radio & TV building in the area of Maspero, which left dozens of people killed or wounded. The examining...

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