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On June 17, 1981 violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in the Cairo working class district of al-Zawīya al-Hamrā? in which at least 20 people were killed and hundreds others injured, giving reason enough for late President Anwar al-Sādāt to launch the notorious September 1981 detentions...
The author talks about Islam in Europe, and highlights the necessary steps that are needed to ensure a peaceful coexistence of cultures.
Al-Ahram al-Arabi shed light on the life of monks under the title "We Are Angels Living on Earth." al-Ah...
Swift intensive efforts were made this week to contain a Muslim-Christian crisis due to a blasphemous article, by a Muslim writer, about a former monk. Thousands of angry youths protested against the article, the Government was accused of being in collusion with the paper, Pope Shenouda...
Mamdouh Mahran, chief editor of the weekly al-Nabaa, claimed that a former Coptic monk had practiced prostitution inside the church. Mahran was highly criticized in Egyptian media and was accused of damaging national unity. His article provoked angry protests by Copts in Assiut and in the main...
One cannot just disregard the so-called ‘Wafā’ Costantine issue’ as a mere incident. The conversion of Wafā’ from Christianity to Islam was perceived as a desertion from the Coptic group and institution. It triggered a collective Coptic reaction expressive of feelings of total rejection.
Nagy George is very upset about the way some US Copts write about Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. He commented on an unpublished letter of a Canadian Copt to the editor of Al-Ahali. George stressed that Copts are not a minority in Egypt and it is the role played by emigrant Copts that pushes...
An emigrant Copt sent a letter to the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahali, complaining about an article by the Christian columnist Nagy George, who criticized Michael Meunier for writing lies in a press release claiming that the Egyptian police had fired rubber bullets against an exaggerated large number...
The bishop for youth stressed that the attitude of the police towards those who went onto the streets and tried to cause damage or confront the security was the same in the cases of the Coptic Youths’ demonstration against Al-Nabaa and the Azhar students’ demonstration against the "Banquet for...
The article is a comment on Tareq Al-Bishri’s article in which he compared the attitude of the State towards Al-Nabaa crisis and the crisis caused by the publication of the "Banquet for Seaweed." The author believes that Christians have the right to get angry and to express that anger by all lawful...
During the demonstrations against al-Nabaa in the cathedral, the police held about 36 boys, of whom three were kept for 35 days. It is remarkable that the president of the US Copts Association started a campaign to free them AFTER they had been released. He also claimed that the arrested youths...
The author expressed his support to Pope Shenouda in urging the government to put legal restrictions on the use of priests and monks uniforms, because unlike the Muslim sheikhs, they have spiritual authority over their followers.
The author commented on Tareq Al-Bishri’s article, in which he compared the attitude of the State towards the Coptic youth demonstrations against what Al-Nabaa published to the Azhar students’ demonstrations against the publication of the "Banquet for Seaweed." He believes that the State was very...
Pope Shenouda’s secretary denied news about the pope suffering from a blood clot in his foot and this being the reason for his absence from the Wednesday lecture for two weeks. He justified his absence by saying it was to calm the youths’ spirits after the events caused by Al-Nabaa.
The author expressed the opinion that the cancellation of the pope’s weekly meeting was accompanied by fear of a return to the denominational atmosphere of the September 1981 events. The fact that the Coptic youth didn’t protest about Al-Nabaa to the People’s Assembly or the Supreme Press Council...
Coptic wrath was very strongly justified and should never be underestimated or discounted. The security forces were disciplined and patient in their treatment of the crisis, despite a few transgressions. Coptic activism abroad stems primarily from a genuine patriotic fervor, which is absolutely...
The author expressed his surprise at the fact that when Copts felt insulted because of what Al-Nabaa published, they went to the Cathedral and not to the People’s Assembly or the Supreme Press Council. He believes that neither the Cathedral nor the Azhar are places where Egyptians should go to...
The lawyers who first attacked Al- Nabaa have now changed places and started fabricating reasons to justify the publication of such indecent pictures on the premise that publishing them was quite helpful to the church. Some Coptic lawyers found it a good opportunity to get closer when speaking on...
Egyptians exercise extreme patience when their rights are usurped or when they fall under oppression. However, if matters are related to their faith, they will fiercely protect their resort of last refuge. That was why the fury of the young Coptic men and women who gathered was so fierce. They did...
Fahmi Howeidi believes that anger ruined the right way of handling the case of the expelled monk. Instead of regarding it as an attempt to attack the public system, violating the traditions of the journalism profession, it was regarded as a matter concerning only Copts. The angry people did not...

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