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Abstract: There is an urgent need for more fieldwork in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt.  Too much reporting on these issues is either ideologically motivated or supported by insufficient data.  Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman will provide examples from his work, including the conversion of...
Websites connected to ISIS reported that the organization’s fighters had kidnapped and slaughtered 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. They said the kidnappings came as revenge for Muslim women who were exposed to persecution at the hands of "the Copts in Egypt." The extremist organization specified...
Who are Kāmīliyā Shahhāta and Wafā’ Qustantīn: the two women ISIS is slaughtering Copts in Egypt in revenge for? Websites connected to ISIS reported that the organization’s fighters had kidnapped and slaughtered 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. They said the kidnappings came as revenge for Muslim...
The attack on the church in Alexandria this weekend marked a new deep trench in the deteriorating relations between Muslims and Christians in Egypt. Shortly before this act of terror Trouw gauged the atmosphere among Egyptian Christians and Muslims.1)      
  Jayson Casper considers the attack in Alexandria and the resulting sectarian demonstrations which arose in its wake. He explores some of the contextual issues and finds hope in an interfaith effort promoted by a dialogue group in the city. Even so, efforts to find meaning in the tragedy must go...
  AWR Chief Editor Cornelis Hulsman says that the government, Muslims, and Christians need to work together to address the growing sectarian tension in Egypt in order to prevent future attacks, such as the the New Year's Day bombing of a Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead and...
Salafī activists from Cairo and Alexandria plan what they described as a “huge stand” in protest of the alleged detention of Kāmīliyā Shihātah by the church. They demand Kāmīliyā be handed over to the attorney general and for monasteries to be searched for weapons. One of the activists says that...
Ameera says that she finds it strange that two different groups of people praying at two different mosques would decide to perform demonstrations about a woman, whose conversion to Islam hasn't even been proven, at the exact same time. She also finds it strange that after the woman released a video...
On November 14th a group of employees and interns working at CIDT visited the Monastery of Saint Macarius and the Monastery of Saint Bīshūy in Wādī al-Natrūn. Visiting the monasteries of Wādī al-Natrūn is an introduction in Coptic life and traditions. It provides us interns with a lot of...
Sāmih Fawzī discusses Egypt’s emigration problem, the need for greater transparency and Coptic expatriates. He also calls on Christians to be active players in Egyptian society andbelieves that in the modern age socio-economic factors are more of a uniting force than religion.
The Religious Liberty Group of the World Evangelical Alliance has written a report on the escalation of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. Hulsman quotes from the report and adds his own comments.
Often when people emigrate from Egypt they leave certain problems behind but encounter new obstacles in their new country of residence believes Rev. Menes Abdel Nūr. However the pastor believes in spite of the fact that Pope Shenouda is a great preacher he should not have interfered in politics.
In an interview with Gerrit Roos of Reformatorisch Dagblad and Cornelis Hulsman, Bishop Marqus highlights the problems facing Christians in Egypt today. These problems include issues such as church building, conversion, the Egyptian education system and the emigration of Christians abroad.
Gerrit Roos investigates the complex relations between Christians and Muslims in Egypt. He interviewed a number of Christian figures and analyzes the reasons why people emigrate from the country.
Issues that exacerbate tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt seem to keep bubbling back to the surface. In this editorial Drs. Hulsman comments on the recent development in the Abū Fanā incidents as well as rumors surrounding Wafā’ Qustantīne.
Nabīl Louqā Bibāwī, a Christian member of the Shura Council and professor of Criminal Law, said Wafā’ Costantine’s conversion to Islam and return to Christianity has taken place through the tolerant precept of Islam that suggests “fending off harms is of priority to bringing about gains.” That...
For the third week in a row, Wafā’ Costantine still dominates the scene in Egypt. Her story has become a burning issue, even more compelling than the Palestinian issue. [Editor: for a background of this issue see AWR, 2004, week 51, art. 13]
The Abū al-Matāmīr tensions triggered a full-page article in Sawt al-Ummah newspaper claiming that Israel wants to declare a Coptic state in Upper Egypt or Hurghada. Other discussions followed the tensions, some of them very emotional.
This special report provides information about the developments of Wafaa Costantine’s conversion according to news Egyptian newspapers published about her in chronological order

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