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How should we assess the endless stream of media reports and images that we are exposed to daily? On July 2, 2018, Matthew Sparks (M.A., Georgetown University) facilitated an important and evocative discussion of this question and introduced Arab-West Report, the massive electronic database...
Junghoon Lee (Republic of Korea) undergraduate in Arabic and Spanish, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, interning between February 2019 and June 2019. I worked as a research intern for the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) from February to June 2019. I chose to come to Egypt as my...
On March 12, I finally got to meet Leslie Maras, the Belgian prisoner I had been reading and writing about for a while as part of my internship at the Centre for Arab-West Understanding. Leslie Maras was sentenced to life for smuggling drugs into Egypt. His parents are trying to transfer him to a...
The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) has “adopted” Belgian prisoner Leslie Maras, who was arrested in February 2006 for attempting to smuggle drugs into Egypt and was sentenced to life in prison. The sentence is extremely harsh for European standards. His parents were in Egypt for one week...
The village of Dimshāw has become the scene of tensions between Muslims and Christians because Christians wanted to change a prayer house into a church building. It happens a lot that Christians in villages with no or insufficient church buildings meet for prayer in a house. Generally Muslims in...
Dr Yusrī Hāshim, President of University of Heliopolis, spoke of the summer school for interfaith and intercultural dialogue, organised in cooperation with the Centre for Arab-West Understanding, and sponsored by the Dutch Reform Party.
On August 13, 2018, a group of interns from CAWU went on a day trip to Maghāgha, Dayr al-Garnūs, and Banī Mazār, with the aim of becoming acquainted with Coptic culture and daily life in the area. Although the trip took on a somewhat improvised nature (our original plan of visiting the village of...
Siwa oasis is well known and beautiful. Two of our interns went for a trip there and experienced their interesting way of life, and explored the exciting touristic sites.
In Egypt, many local supermarkets sell ISIS products; such as cereals, teas and honey. ISIS is the brand name of some products of a company called SEKEM, which produces products ranging from phytopharmaceutical medicines to cotton textiles. In 2012, SEKEM established Heliopolis University for...
Belgian national Leslie Maras was arrested in February 2006, in Egypt, for smuggling drugs. Maras was not a drug dealer, but he got into it due to financial problems. He was sentenced by Egypt for life imprisonment. In Egypt, this often means 25 years or reaching the age of 60. In case of good...

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