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  As a follow-up to my interview with a Cairene Protestant pastor, I asked Cornelis Hulsman, Editor-in-Chief of Arab-West Report, for an interview on pious fraud. “I first learned about the term Pious Fraud from my long-time friend Dr. Otto Meinardus, German scholar and former pastor of the Maadi...
Ten days ago was International Labor Day, so I chose to discover a new place in Cairo: Saint Simon the Tanner’s Monastery.  My main goal was to find the calligraphy street art from a French - Tunisian artist “El Seed” [el-Sīd]. I was following him on social media when he was working on the 50...
Khālid Salāḥ, the author, responds to the angry messages he received from Copts who reacted to his previous article, in which he criticizes the miraculous story of the moving of the Muqattam Mountain by a good Christian man during the Fatimid era.
The author denounces one of the most appreciated and honored miracles that Copts of Egypt believe in. He considered the continuous narration of the miracle a provocation against Muslims and an ignition of sectarian tension.
The following lines present a historic and social background about the cave church in the Muqattam hills in Cairo. The church is located at the foot of the mountain and surrounded by about 40 thousand garbage collectors who live in difficult conditions.
The unique religious, historical and political site, located inside the Muqattam cliff, began ten centuries ago as the church of Saint Samaan [Simon], and developed into a monastery and eight churches. Stories told describe the appearance of the Virgin Mary, and how the whole cliff was moved from...
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