AWR Quarterly Newsletter - April 2019

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Dear friends,


Please find hereby the list of the newsletters we published in the first quarter of 2019. Three newsletters are dedicated to the terrible terrorism attack in New Zealand. Several newsletters highlight the work of our interns. The first newsletter shows a growing interest in out work outside Egypt. Please be aware we have two types of newsletters: ‘Weekly’ or ‘Quarterly’. Those who are subscribed to the ‘weekly’ newsletter (irregular but around 50 per year) also receive the quarterly overviews. If you wish to receive fewer newsletters per year but nevertheless would like to know what we have been involved in you can request us to place you on the quarterly list only.


Cornelis Hulsman,

Editor-in-Chief Arab-West Report

English Newsletters


1) Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Kenya and Uganda

January 23, 2019 ​

Between January 3 and January 20th I was in Uganda and Kenya. Our work in Egypt is all
focused on Muslim-Christian relations and thus I looked for this and found Uganda and Kenya
to be extremely interesting countries in this regard. Kenya and Uganda are truly multi-ethnic
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2) I Received the Stone of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai

January 29, 2019

Brazilian student of theology Bruno Balbi shares his experience on Mount Sinai, "The Sinai is an incredible experience. The scenery cannot be felt, the tact is not useful. The comings and goings of the sun are silent, hearing does not aid in contemplation. And speaking, I do not know words that give vent to the experience on that mountain."
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3) AIESEC Ain Shams University’s Cooperation Award for CAWU

February 14, 2019

AIESEC Ain Shams University contacted the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) in March 2018 with a request to host student interns through AIESEC. Since this date CAWU hosted 21 AIESEC interns who have all contributed to database building for mutual intercultural understanding as well as advancing social media awareness for our work. The AIESEC interns have also contributed to the diversity of our interns.
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4) Invitation for the 2nd Dragon Boat Festival Saturday February 23

February 20, 2019

Of key importance to build friendship relations between China, Egypt and other nations. Mary Lai has been engaged in numerous exchanges between the two countries and last year organized the first Nile River International Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is an ancient Chinese tradition with Dragon boat racing that originated more than 2500 years ago. The racing on the Nile follows the Chinese New Year celebrations, February 5-19. This year the festival is expected to be bigger than last year.
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5) Maras Family Pleads to Belgian Politicians for a Prisoner Exchange Treaty with Egypt that Can Bring their Son Leslie Home

February 21, 2019

Belgian national Leslie Maras has been since 2006 in an Egyptian prison for an effort to take drugs into Egypt. Leslie’s case is not a human rights case but a humanitarian case.Former Egyptian Member of Parliament Dr. George Messiha and Egyptian lawyer Amal Daoud have spoken with Egyptian authorities and are ready to let Leslie return to his home country on condition there is a prisoner exchange treaty with Belgium.
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6) Christian Religious Tourism to Egypt and Internships

March 6, 2019 

Egypt has been trying to promote Christian religious tourism for many years. The Center for Arab-West Understanding received between January 28 and February 8 a Dutch church delegation including two pastors of the PKN Church, and our interns joined them during their visit. It is an enrichment for both the visitors and the interns.
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7) Missionary Polemics

March 14, 2019

German intern Melina Aboulfalah, who studies Islamic Studies and Political Science has made an analysis of articles from the former Saudi Arabian newspaper al-Muslimoon shows what believing Muslims dislike about a particular Islamophobic type of Christianity. The topics mentioned in these articles from 1997 to 1998 are not so different from the topics raised in debates today. 
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8) Terrorists who Lack any Sign of Remorse Deserve the Death Penalty

March 18, 2019

During Friday prayer on March 15, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, went fully armed to Al Noor Mosque and murdered 42 worshippers. We at Arab-West Report strongly condemn any terrorism, regardless who the victims are, be them Muslims, Christians or of any conviction. We grieve with the families, friends, and communities of the victims
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9) Opposed to the Death Penalty for Unrepentant Terrorists

March 25, 2019

Whether the death penalty is justified or not, is one of the most infamous debates in Western/Eastern literature. There is no clear cut answer to such a subjective topic. However, there is an important question that arises when discussing capital punishment: why do we create a justice system? Or what is the main purpose of the judiciary?
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10) Kia Kaha or the Declaration of Human Fraternity: The Message against Global Terrorism
March 26, 2019

This New Zealand attack opened the eyes to many to finally realize that terrorism has no identity and, instead of associating it to Islam, they would recognize that terrorism claims exclusively the lives of the innocent regardless of their faith, creed, or color. You can read in this newsletter the AWR summaries of the responses in Egypt on the incident.
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