AWR Quarterly Newsletter - October 2021

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AWR Quarterly Newsletter

October 2021


Dear readers,

Please find hereby our overview of our newsletters of the past quarters. This shows the excellent work of some of our interns. It shows also a mix between Muslim-Christian understanding and our work with our learning centre for refugees in Cairo. The story of Kenyan domestic worker Peninah Kasaya shows one has to be extremely careful with people offering help with visa in Egypt. She has paid dearly for this and is still struggling to find a job. We are pleased to inform you that our learning centre has received new funding from the German NGO Sternsinger for school year 2021-2022. This does not include all costs and this we have presented to other donors. But at least we now can guarantee our refugee students another year of education under the leadership of Peter Mathias, our new principal.


Cornelis Hulsman,

Editor-in-Chief Arab-West Report



English Newsletter


22) Eid al-Adha; great similarities between Islam, Christianity and Judaism

July 15, 2021 ​

The feast honours the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God's command. Obedience to God is more important than anything else in life, even one’s only son. Before Abraham could sacrifice his son, however, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead and his son became the father of a great nation of believers.
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23) Offering hope and joy for refugee students in Egypt
August 09, 2021

The Centre of Arab-West Understanding is organising with support of the ACE-club in Maadi, Cairo, a program during the summer holidays for the students of the CAWU Learning Centre. The program offers a mix of educational, physical, and musical activities. The goal is for them to enjoy, have fun and learn through it!
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24) The Taliban retaking Afghanistan

August 17, 2021

The reconquest of Afghanistan by the Taliban seemed to go as fast as they could travel. On Saturday August 14 the Taliban reached the outskirts of Kabul. President Ashraf Ghani fled, and Kabul was taken one day later without a fight by the Taliban which created chaotic scenes of thousands of Afghans.
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25) Kenyan Domestic workers in Cairo; the case of Peninah Kasaya
August 18, 2021

Many Kenyan women have come to Egypt for employment since the demand for African domestic workers is high and employment in Kenya is for many women hard to obtain. Most East African women coming to Cairo are single mothers who are struggling to obtain education for their children.
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26) Sustainability as New Religion

August 19, 2021

Which role Egypt plays in the world’s sustainable development? Dr Mouneer Neamatalla [Munīr Niʿmatallāh], Egyptian pioneer environmentalist shared his experience and views on the future course of development of humanity, education and relationship with nature.
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27) The impact of studying in the USSR on Dr. Amr Asaad

August 24, 2021 

In his interview with intern Valeria Bezrodnaya, Dr. Amr Asaad shows that powerful ideologies can create great distortions of other nations. This interview gives an excellent insight in the way the USSR in the 1980s received foreign students.
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28) The views of Russian scholar and author Maria Kicha about the Islamic world

September 06, 2021

Intern Valeria Bezrodnaya interviewed Maria Kicha, Russian expert about the Islamic world. It shows a world in upheaval with Christians trying to leave their troubled countries of origin.
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29) Religion and science; the importance of sighting the new moon

September 10, 2021

Dr. Muhammad Al-Awsat Al-Ayari [Muḥammad al-Awsaṭ al-ʿAyārī], a scholar of Tunisian origin who contributed to most of NASA’s space observatories, wrote a book titled “Sighting the Month,” that is challenging traditional methods of sighting the new moon.
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