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After more than four years, the Egyptian court of Appeals Court closed forever the file of the case of sectarian violence that took place in the Upper Egyptian village of Al-Kosheh in late 1999 and early 2000. The Court overturned the appeals demanding cancellation of the previous ruling that...
The Court of Appeals reached its decision in the case of Al-Kosheh after examining the appeals made by the accused for the second time. The Court decided to uphold the verdict issued by the Sohag Criminal Court which sentenced the top suspect Fayiz Muhammad Abdel Reheem to thirteen years in prison...
The book al-Mowarana il Awlama: al-A qbat fi Alam Motaghayer (Citizenship and Globalisation: Copts in a Changing World) by Hany Labib, published by Dar al-Shorouq in 2004 in Arabic, tackles the relationship between Copts and their homeland, in the era of globalisation. Within the context of present...
The article is about a book titled “Al-Kosheh…Al-Haqeqa Al-Gha’eba” [Al- Kosheh…The Hidden Truth] by Dr. William Wissa. The author, in his book, narrates the first incidents of al-Kosheh in 1998 and the second ones in late 1999. Wissa reviewed in detail how the authorities, government institutions...
The author explains that the way Egyptian society dealt with the al-Kosheh events illustrated that society has a haphazard way of dealing with sectarian tensions. They deal with the marginal problems and the surfaces of a crisis, in search of a temporary solution to calm the situation. This...
Christl Dabu visited Egypt in August 2004 for an investigative report about Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt, resulting in this article and several travel and news articles. This article was placed in AWR with permission of the author.
Our crisis is that we have people like Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who wears the cowboy outfit and a hat and often forgets that he is Egyptian. He behaves as if he were “high commissioner.” Ibrahim is an ugly example of foreign interference in the country’s affairs. He preaches theories and ideas that...
A large number of Copts in France assembled for a peaceful march on January 23 to revive the 5th anniversary of the incidents of al-Kushh, a small Egyptian village that witnessed acts of violence claiming the lives of a number of Muslims and Christians.
I remember some happenings from my childhood. I remember that some of the neighbors I used to play with were Armenians and Levantine, but I also remember that the Copts we used to play with were our closest brothers as we were all the children of one nation, Egypt.
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.
Prominent Egyptian intellectual and scientist Dr. Rushdy Said noted that two contradicting traditions govern the relationship between Muslims and Copts in Egypt: the first fosters brotherhood and understanding while the second encourages suspicion and hatred. I remembered this as I read the book Al...
Could the current US-led coalition war against Afghanistan result in tensions between Egypt’s two major religions? In Lebanon the split between Christians and Muslims has widened as each has taken the opposite side. Egypt, however, has experienced nothing of this kind.
The author believes that most of the comments that were written on Al-Nabaa’s article about the expelled monk, especially those connecting it with national unity, lacked correct judgment. He is of the opinion that Al-Nabaa’s problem had nothing to do with national unity and that the whole story was...
The Cassation Court accepted the appeals presented by the Prosecutor General and the families of the victims of Al-Kosheh riots against the rulings handed down in the case. The court decided to retry all 92 defendants of the case under a different Assiut court.
The Cassation Court accepted the appeals presented by the Prosecutor General and the families of the victims of Al-Kosheh riots against the rulings handed down in the case. The court decided to retry all the 92 defendants of the case by a different Assiut court.
The Egyptian Court of Cassation is expected to agree on the appeal filed by the State Security Prosecution against the light sentences handed down in the case of Al-Kosheh riots.
President Mubarak stressed that posts in Egypt were not distributed on a sectarian basis but on the basis of efficiency and merit and that there was no discrimination between Muslims and Copts. As for Al-Kosheh rulings, he stressed that there was no intervention in the rulings the court made....
The information in this text is based on interviews Ms. Gavlak and Cornelis Hulsman made together with governor Adli Hussein and Bishop Marcos in March 2001 and the documents they provided. The article gives a background of the problems until around April 1.
The court will issue its final decision concerning the appeals against Al-Kosheh rulings, which was filed by the state prosecutor’s office and the victims’ relatives, on July 30.
[RNSAW: Michael Meunier, president of the US Copts Association, only refers to the objections of Commissioner Nina Shea of the Freedom House to the report. He is obviously disappointed that all his activism did not produce the results he had wished.]

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