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Learning to think about religion/religions in a multi-disciplinary way Understanding the concept of “sacred history” Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Interpretations of sacred history
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it is the time to pause and reflect”   Questions are always asked. Who is better? Who will win? What’s next? Do we need to emigrate? Why there are conflicts? Are the Egyptians aware enough to avoid these questions? Or do they skip points like...
On Saturday 30th June, the Summer School Group visited the Salam Medical Centre in Qanatir. The Salam Medical Centre is a living example of how Muslim-Christian cooperation can function to help the wider community and create peacebuilding opportunities. Students enjoyed a talk and a guided tour at...
On Sunday July 1st., the summer school group left the dormitories to attend a service in All Saints Cathedral (Anglican-Episcopal) in Zamalek, Cairo. 
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ghobashy, a lecturer of modern and contemporary history at the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, proposed on July 3rd that Egypt can be seen as the cradle of religions. 
On the evening of 3rd July, the Summer School students watched the thought-provoking film One Hand: The Movie, an intense film focusing on Muslim-Christian relations in revolutionary Egypt, following the January 2011 bombing of the Coptic Orthodox Two Saints Church in the city of Alexandria.
The article points out that there is a critic addressed to the Grand Imam by Rev. Rifʿat Fikrī Saʿīd summarized here in the three following points:
Amīrah Ibrāhīm comments in al-Tahrīr newspaper: “The fourth round of the dialogue of the deaf- not the national dialogue as the presidency calls it- was scheduled for Tuesday, December 18. However, the session has been postponed to ‘complete the legal aspects of the agenda of the dialogue’,...
A high-level German delegation led by Dr. Rev. Tharwat Qādis, chairman of the Council for Dialogue and Ecumenical Relations, arrived in Aswan en route to Luxor. The delegation will visit the Coptic Evangelical Church in Luxor and its affiliated schools.
The Egyptian writer, thinker, and Islamic affairs specialist Islām Buḥayrī (Islam Behery) said on the television program “The Compass” that Muftī ʿAṭīyah Ṣaqr, head of the former fatwa committee at al-Azhar, released a compilation of fatwas in May 1997. One of these well-known fatwas forbade the...
Terrorists deliberately targeted the Church of the Virgin and St. Mercurius [Abū Sayfīn] in the ʿIzbat al-Haggānah area of Naṣr City (east of the Egyptian capital of Cairo) because of the time of year and the church’s geographic location. 
Branches of the International Alumni Association of al-Azhar are visiting Egyptian churches to convey their wishes for the Christmas holidays, and express their desire for continued love and affection between the different sectors of the society. Representatives of the Association affirm that Egypt...
‘Izbit al-Najārīn, an area belonging to the Masārrah village of Dayrūt, and home to 3,000 Copts, has been under threat from a gang led by a man named Jabrūt K ("J.K."). The gang has been threatening to kidnap villagers’ children if they do not pay ransom money. The situation began at the beginning...
More than a news source said that President Mursī’s failure to clearly announce his presence of Pope Tawadrus II investiture ceremony is the result of pressures practiced on him by Salafists who decline to attend the occasion. [‘Usāmah al-Ghazālī Harb, al-Ahrām, Nov. 11, p. 9] Read original text...
President Mursī should respond to the invitation he received and witness himself on Sunday (November 18) the ceremonies to enthrone the new pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah as the visit will have a special significance, which is...
Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah said the president’s decree no. 355/2012 is only giving an official status for the new pope as far as dealing with the state institutions is concerned, adding the president does not enjoy the powers to accept or refuse the (church’s) decision because the pope was...
Egyptian columnist Ḥamdī Rizq writes this week: Sectarian strife is more severe than murder, indeed, more severe than murder. Sectarian strife is the door to all evils, and God has mercy on us from sectarian strife as manifested in Minya.
The celebration of the birth of Christ, as well as of the Journey of the Holy Family to Egypt, held in the Cultural Center of Kafr al-Sheikh, led to a discussion between the Hegumen Buṭrus Basṭawrūs, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Kafr al-Sheikh and Damietta, and students from a preparatory...
The Media Center of Egypt’s Cabinet denied the news that has been circulating on some websites and social networking sites, that claimed that the closure of three churches in Minya came due to pressure stemming from some who object to the existence of churches in the province.
Preface by Cornelis Hulsman: In 1997 I started making press overviews on issues related to Muslim-Christian relations and founded the Religious News Service from the Arab World which later was renamed Arab-West Report. Between June 13, 1997 and July 11, 1998 I collected articles from al-Muslimoon...

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