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On Friday 29th July, the summer school students went back in time to explore the strikingly unique and enigmatic ancient Egyptian culture. As inquisitive students, I think that we all share an interest in the past, and we were therefore curious to delve into the mysterious and majestic lives of the...
Shalawlaw is one of the primary foods found on the Coptic table during the Fast of the Virgin Mary, which began yesterday and lasts for 15 days.  It is believed that Mary was the first to make this dish when the Holy Family came to Egypt, and that she taught it to the Egyptians.
On December 26, and in cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Center for Coptic Studies hosted a lecture on irrigation in Egypt during Early Christianity era from the 3rd to the 7th centuries AD, at the Sinnārī House in al-Sayīdah Zaynab (el-Sayyeda Zeinab) district of Cairo.
During the literary intellectual forum organized by the Bibliotheca of Alexandria, Dr. Shaykh Usāma al-Azharī, the presidential advisor, called on to turn the page of intra-tensions, confrontations and attacks against homelands, national armies, saying: “We need to foster social dialogue that...
Tomorrow, the activities of the exhibition "Wāḥid Tūt" (1st day of the month of Thout in the Coptic year) will be held at Miṣr Public Library, al-Zāwīyah branch, organized by the Egyptian Heritage Preservation association, headed by Mājid al-Rāhib . The ceremony will be opened by Dr. Muḥammad ʿAbd...
I’ve been in Egypt for about six weeks, but I mostly stayed in Cairo and Maadi. The capital city is incredibly vast lively and diverse, but I didn’t fall in love with the country. Too dusty, maybe. Harassment probably did not help as well. I have been in countries where being a young white foreign...
In his new book Anghām al-Rawh [Melodies of Spirit, Stories of Finest Sufi Songs], which is the first book to document the history of the Sufi song in Egypt, Journalist Ayman al-Ḥakīm monitors thirty songs performed by prominent Egyptian singers, Umm Kulthūm, Layla Murād, ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm Ḥāfiẓ,...
About the Authors: Mette Toft Nielsen completed her M.A. degree in Culture, Communication and Globalization in Aalborg University, Denmark in 2013. Nielsen began her career at the Center for Arab-West Understanding, researching the reasons why people choose to emigrate for her M.A. thesis....
With a weakening economy, populism on the rise, and the hunt for scapegoats, personal rights and freedoms seem to be on the decline in Egypt. People live in fear for their right to exist and to live a peaceful life, due to a lack of social acceptance, as well as pressure from the government....
Two days ago, we lost the honorable Sayyid Ḥijāb, the descendent of Bayram, Ḥaddād, and Jāhīn; the pinnacle of colloquial Egyptian poetry, deep and eloquent as it is. He left us on the anniversary of the glorious January 25 2011. He was one of the pillars of this day.
      Google celebrated the birthday of artist Ḥusayn Bīkār… First to establish the Wax Museum First artist to draw a book cover His last project to produce a cinematic film was stopped due to his religion He converted to the Baha'ī faith and was imprisoned in 1985 for bribery  He...
Through its permanent delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Egypt participated in sponsoring a musical concert by the Onuart cultural foundations. This took place in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Hall in the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, as part of today’s...
Urz bil-laban or rice pudding, is an indispensable dessert in the Egyptian cuisine for the celebration of feasts, although not originally a native recipe.
In a previous article, I dealt with the responsibility of the school curricula in instilling citizenship, belonging, giving, and patriotism. I emphasized that he who knows Egypt, its history, civilization, and what it has to offer to the world, without harming Egypt or its people and dignity. That...
Dr. Mustafa al-Fiqi, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), and Shihāb al-Dīn Ādam Shah, the charge d’affaires of Malaysia to Egypt, will inaugurate the exhibition “Faith and Power, Women in Islam” on Saturday, June 3, at 9:00p.m. at Bayt al-Sinnārī in Sayyida Zaynab. The exhibition is a joint...
  In 1889 [translators note: this date is most likely a typing mistake, correct date unknown] in one of Damascus’ streets, I picked up a photograph of a blind Muslim named Muḥammad carrying on his back this disabled Christian dwarf named Samīr.
The Egyptian Writers' Union, headed by Dr.  ʿAlā ʾ ʿAbd al-Khāliq [Alaa Abd Elkhaleq] mourns, along with the creative and intellectual audience in Egypt and the MENA region, the loss of the great novelist Aḥmad al-Shaykh. Aḥmad al-Shaykh passed away yesterday evening, at the age of 78. In his...
Writing about topics based on the Middle East is a personal hobby of mine which is why I felt certain that working with CAWU suited my interests the most. I have been fascinated by the history, culture, and politics of the Middle East from a young age. British-born to Iraqi parents – and a native...
Siwa [Sīwah] is an oasis in Egypt, between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Sand Sea in the Western Desert. The oasis is populated by Berber-speaking Sudanic peoples and it lies approximately 50km east of the Libyan border, and 560km west from Cairo. 
Ḥilmī Namnam, Minister of Culture, emphasized the role of the Ministry in combating terrorism and radical ideologies through encouraging creativity and developing houses of culture in order to protect the youth from terrorism and extremism. He also stated that terrorism is a global,...

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