AWR Quarterly Newsletter - December 2018

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AWR Quarterly Newsletter

 October-December 2018



Dear friends,


Please find hereby the list of the newsletters we published in the last quarter of 2018. We developed in 2018 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.


Wishing you a blessed 2019,


Cornelis Hulsman,

Editor-in-Chief Arab-West Report

English Newsletters


1) “Mystic, Like the Orbit of the Planets around the Sun;” al-Ghūrī Tanūra Sufi Dance Show
October 11, 2018 ​

Foreign interns come to Egypt to explore the country. This happens in many different ways. French student Camille Balcou has been excellent in teaching three disadvantaged youth with big learning gaps. That has become an important area of work for our NGO.

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2) In Memoriam Metropolitan Bīshūy (1942-2018)

October 23, 2018

Metropolitan Bīshūy (Bishoy), one of the most influential church leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, suddenly passed away on October 2nd, due to a heart attack. His sudden death came as a tremendous shock to the church in general, and to his diocese and his monastery in particular.

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3) Report on a Fact-Finding Mission to Minya

October 24, 2018

Egyptian media reported about the village of Dimshāw which has become a scene of tensions between Muslims and Christians, because Christians wanted to change a prayer house into a church building. As soon as Christians try to build a church, Muslims in villages often object to this, since this is changing the image of the village.

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4) Icon Exhibition Magdy William, October 25-27, in Maadi, Cairo

October 25, 2018

St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi, Cairo hosted a Coptic Icon Exhibition. Magdy William is an iconographer working in the diocese of Maadi. He was trained by the famous iconographer Dr. Isaac Fanous.
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5) Ecumenism between Christians, Muslims and Jews?

October 30, 2018

A discussion about ecumenism between Christians, Muslims and Jews. Dr. Janneke Stegeman wrote for this an article for Ekklesia in the Netherlands. Arab-West Report obtained her permit to translate this into English and publish this in Arab-West Report.
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6) CAWU presents its Learning Center on Saturday November 17th and Open Day on Saturday December 1st

November 1, 2018 

The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) started in September a Learning Center for disadvantaged children with the support of Eileen Werner, a highly qualified professional teacher. Two-three months later Eileen Werner is able to show the first fruits of her work and ask for support to further develop this much needed Learning Center.

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7) President al-Sīsī calls for reforming the religious discourse in Egypt following the attack on Coptic pilgrims in al-Minya.

November 6, 2018

On Friday November 2, terrorists attacked two buses filled with Coptic pilgrims on their way to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, an isolated desert monastery in the governorate of Minya. The attack left seven people dead and wounded 19 others.
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8) Prison Ministry Cairo, Support the Maras Family

November 12, 2018

On February 24, 2006, Belgian national Leslie Maras arrived at Cairo Airport with cocaine in capsules in his stomach. He was later sentenced to life in prison in Egypt. Interns and friends of the Center for Arab-West Understanding, have visited him numerous times in prison and today we find a man who is deeply aware of the mistakes he has made in 2006.

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9) CIDT at the Business for Peace Conference in Cairo

November 13, 2018

The annual meeting of the United Nations Global Compact took place this year on September 7 and 8 at the historic Mena House hotel in Cairo, Egypt. The Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) is a member of the Global Compact Network in Egypt and Cornelis Hulsman, CEO of CIDT, was asked to provide a presentation about “Muslim-Christian Understanding in Egypt; challenges and opportunities”.
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10) Building a new church in New Beni Suef

November 15, 2018 

Father Barsoum [Barṣūm] has been the priest of the three year old Saint Karas [Kārās] Church in Beni Suef [Banī Suwayf] since it was established. The church has received a license to build, and the priest is extremely positive about the support received from Egyptian authorities to complete all formalities.

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11) Fundraising for Leslie Maras and the CAWU Learning Center

November 21, 2018 

Our Egyptian Muslim friends celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad [Muḥammad], a celebration which came into being during the Fatimid period (909-1171 CE). Christians were preparing for the celebration of Christmas. Both celebrations are events that help us to think of those in need.
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12) A Choice for Humanity

November 22, 2018 

Almost every day new evidence is released about the savage crime of the brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi [Jamāl Khāshqjī] in his country’s consulate in Istanbul on the 2nd of October 2018. This tragic crisis, in its symbolic aspects, poses a great challenge to the conscience of humanity far beyond the details of the crime, persons and politics involved.
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13) Thanksgiving 2018

November 25, 2018 

Thanksgiving is a moment to pause and to look at the blessings God has provided in one’s life. The Maadi Community Church (interdenominational and with members of tens of different countries) organized a ‘sharing Friday’. People were enabled to share what God has done in their life(s). I shared about what God has done through the CAWU Learning Center.
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14) New: Music classes at the CAWU Learning Center

December 9, 2018 

British musician Martin Orbidans, previously played the piano for 5 years in the Royal Yacht Britannia for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He joined the CAWU Learning Center, a center that is dedicated to teach children and youth with large learning gaps.
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15) Christmas Wishes, Highlights in 2018 and Continued Support Needed
December 24, 2018 

Christmas is a good time to reflect on the combined work of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT), an Egyptian limited liability company that is primarily responsible for database-building and that provides support to the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU), an Egyptian NGO, provides student internships and carries out various social projects. 2018 has been an extremely fruitful year, but we cannot continue our work without your support.
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16) Huge Increase in Internships in 2018; Expected changes in 2019

December 31, 2018 

The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) has seen a significant increase from 18 interns in 2017 to 53 interns in 2018. For many years interns have found their way to us by means of the internet or by word of mouth.
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Dutch Newsletters



1) Onze wensen voor een gezegend 2019. Uw steun blijft heel belangrijk!!
December 31, 2018


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