AWR Quarterly Newsletter

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Mon, 2018-05-14
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Dear friends,


We are required, because of our new contract with Kerk in Actie in the Netherlands, to produce around 50-60 newsletters per year, that should have an outreach to at least 4000 subscribers. We currently have 2000 subscribers, and thus we need to double this number in the coming 2.5 years. We need your help in achieving this. Please pass on our newsletters to your friends and ask them to subscribe.


We have, for this reason, also created a new quarterly newsletter for all. Please find below our first ‘quarterly.’ Of course we are now in May and this first newsletter is not exactly a quarterly, but future quarterly issues are expected to come out in the first weeks of January, April, July and October.  


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May 14, 2018

Cornelis Hulsman,

Editor-in-Chief Arab-West Report



AWR Quarterly Newsletter

May 2018


1) Getting Things Done

January 22, 2018

On January 16, Cornelis Hulsman and Niccolo Costantini visited the Presbyterian Church in Maadi. They met Pastor Naseem Fadl who is leading the activities to demolish the wooden church that was first established in 2005. The intentions are to realize the old plans to build a large new church on the same location. (Click here for full text)




2) Impressions of Dr. Farid Fadel’s exhibition “Warm Hearts of Africa”

January 24, 2018

On January 22nd, Niccolò Costantini, an Italian Intern, visited Dr. Farid Fadel’s exhibition “Warm Hearts of Africa” and met Dr. Fadel himself. Costantini talks about his experience and the opportunity he had, to enjoy art explained by its own creator. (Click here for full text)






3) Placing Muslim-Christian Relations in Their Proper Context

February 14, 2018

The Faculty of Comparative Religion at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, invited Cornelis Hulsman for a presentation about the work of Arab-West Report, but not limit this to Egypt alone. Hulsman tackled a variety of topics, from of the accusations of blasphemy in recent times, to the historical development of Christianity and Islam. (Click here for full text)





4) The Importance of Internships at Arab-West Report

 March 11, 2018

The benefit of an internship at Arab-West Report is that you occasionally visit places where you cannot go without the help of founder Cornelis Hulsman’s extensive local contacts. Intern Maarten Boender writes about visiting the village of Qufada with other fellow interns. (Click here for full text)




5) Celebrating Our Internship Program on March 26, 2018

March 21, 2018

The Center for Arab-West Understanding has been able to publish two academic books that are based on the work of several of our interns. H.E. Amr Moussa and H.E. Ambassador Mona Omar agreed to launch this most remarkable effort of our interns. The launch was sat to be held on March 26, 2018 at Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. (Click here for full text)





6) MoU between CIDT and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development

March 29, 2018

On March 26, 2018, CIDT presented the book The 2014 Constitution: Perspectives from Egypt to H.E. Amr Moussa, at Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. The event was opened by Helmy Abouleish, and was attended by many remarkable persons. (Click here for full text)





7) I have a Dream: Easter between East and West

April 5, 2018

Cornelis Hulsman reflects on the 50th memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and writes about the Easter celebrations in the east and the west. (Click here for full text)







8) Serious Negative Consequences of Egypt’s Impending Population Explosion

April 11, 2018

The Dutch daily newspaper Trouw is publishing a series of articles under the title “Europe’s Fraying Edges”. One of these articles concerned Egypt. (Click here for full text)


9) Intercultural Summer School

May 7, 2018

The Center for Arab West Understanding is organizing with Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development a summer school entitled: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue for a Sustainable Future. The dates are June 25 – July 6, 2018. (Click here for full text)





10) Presenting Egypt at Georgetown University, USA

May 13, 2018

On May 1st, 2018, Cornelis Hulsman gave a lecture at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University; he explored case studies in Muslim-Christian relations from our work in Egypt over the past 20+ years. (Click here for full text)