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I witnessed the events of sectarian strife in al-Zawya al-Ḥamrā’on this day, June 17, in 1981. I saw with my own eyes the state of terrible chaos that included killing and the looting of jewellers’ shops, and I saw a building in fire, crumbling to the ground.  I was in my second year of university...
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 suggests that the religious tension in Egypt has its roots in the mono-authority that prevailed after the 1952 revolution.
One of the most important things concerning the ideological reconsiderations of the Gama´a Al-Islamiya is their new attitude towards the Coptic issue. Karam Zuhdi, the leader of the group, criticizes considering the funds of Copts as permissible spoil [for Muslims]. He said that those who did...
The author comments on the court ruling in Al-Kosheh case that convicted only two persons from among 96 defendants.
Summary of the Ph.D. thesis of Revd. Dr. Wolfram Reiss about the Sunday School movement in the Coptic Orthodox Church with a focus on the role of Pope Shenouda III and Father Matta el-Meskeen and the place of the church in a Muslim society. Reiss´ study provides an excellent insight into the...
The state has recently endeavored to ease tensions and restrictions through regulating the construction of Muslim and Christian houses of worship, and authorizing the governors to issue decisions pertaining to the reconstruction and restoration works of churches.
Dr. Nasr Hāmid Abu Zayd speaks to Al-cArabī about some recent critical issues including his expectations for this year’s presidential elections.
Article about al-Zāwiya al-Hamrā and the consequences of the Muslim-Christian tensions in the late seventies for life in this area. Egyptian media about the alleged conversion of the wife of a priest in Abū al-Matāmīr.
The Coptic thinker Dr. Milad Hanna believes that the policy of the late president Sadat towards the Islamic groups is the reason behind the appearance of the Coptic file from time to time at the top of events in Egypt. He is in favor of the idea of forming a committee of wise people containing...
There is a relationship of a special kind between the nation and the Copts. That relationship was represented in individual Copts who were rich or highly educated who had special relationships with the governor. The author is of the opinion that if a group of Muslim and Christian wise men is formed...
A suspicious pamphlet from an unknown source asked for direct American intervention in Egypt’s affairs and for the American Marine forces to be stationed in Egypt to defend [American] foreign affairs here. It considered Copts as American subjects not as Egyptian citizens. It mentioned that churches...
This is a statement about the recent events of Al-Kosheh. Hundreds of cultured people in Egypt signed it. These people care about the country’s concerns.
The author looks at why the State insists on maintaining certain policies, and overlooks certain mistakes occurring within the political, media and security sectors. These mistakes have proved to have a disastrous effect on Egypt, especially in areas that suffer from deterioration of economic and...
Maybe that is the first time since the sectarian incidents of Al-Zawya Al-Hamraa that the church changes its religious speech language to a stricter one. Al-Kiraza magazine of the Coptic Church, whose editor-in-chief is Pope Shenouda III described the [dead of the] incidents of Al-Kosheh as Coptic...
It seems that Egypt’s enemies do not want us to enjoy peace. They want to mess around as they like and interfere when they like... We have to call for a national conference in order to be able to face the new plans supported by America and Britain. We should be alert to what is published in the...
The Coptic former member of Parliament, Gamal Asaad, says that there is a crisis that should be handled and a priest whose role should be restricted. The Coptic researcher Rafiq Habib and the Christian historian Yunan Labib Rizq believes the violence was related to a poisoned public atmosphere
As if Egypt needed more problems, emigrant Copts are adding another one on its mountain of problems. Because the sickness is in the same body, and because our biggest worries come from inside, the solution always comes from inside, as Abnodi [an Egyptian poet] said in "Dying on Asphalt", ’the...
The author briefly outlines the nationalist cooperation and generally peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians in Egypt over the last century. Yet in view of certain repeated accusations of Coptic Christians he asks the questions: Is there a deterioration in the principle of citizenship that...
Sub-titles: The Israeli policy is aggressive and does not change. The people who carry out this policy are the only thing that changes I reject normalization with Israel I refused to participate in the Bethlehem 2000 Conference because I will not enter the Holy City while it is still partially...

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