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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it is the time to pause and reflect”   Questions are always asked. Who is better? Who will win? What’s next? Do we need to emigrate? Why there are conflicts? Are the Egyptians aware enough to avoid these questions? Or do they skip points like...
On Saturday 30th June, the Summer School Group visited the Salam Medical Centre in Qanatir. The Salam Medical Centre is a living example of how Muslim-Christian cooperation can function to help the wider community and create peacebuilding opportunities. Students enjoyed a talk and a guided tour at...
On Sunday July 1st., the summer school group left the dormitories to attend a service in All Saints Cathedral (Anglican-Episcopal) in Zamalek, Cairo. 
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ghobashy, a lecturer of modern and contemporary history at the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, proposed on July 3rd that Egypt can be seen as the cradle of religions. 
On the evening of 3rd July, the Summer School students watched the thought-provoking film One Hand: The Movie, an intense film focusing on Muslim-Christian relations in revolutionary Egypt, following the January 2011 bombing of the Coptic Orthodox Two Saints Church in the city of Alexandria.
Clashes between Muslims and Copts erupted in the area of ‘Izbit Marco, al-Fashn town in Beni Suef governorate broke out after Christians from neighboring cities entered a church there for prayers.
The Salafī Front, in a statement on Sunday (October 28), refused to send a Coptic girl, who disappeared since late last month and has reportedly converted to Islam and married a Muslim young man, back to her family in Mersa Matrouh. [Mustafá Rahūmah, Sa’īd Hijāzī and Muhammad Bakhāt, al-Watan, Oct...
Copts in the village of Abū Shūshah, Abū Tisht township, Qena governorate, appealed to Governor ‘Ādil Labīb and Interior Minister Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn to sanction the resumption of works to refurbish the Anba Antonius Church by virtue of relevant official liceses dated January 8, 2012.
Lawyer and activist Najīb Jabrā’īl, Chairman of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, said Egyptians are one fabric that al-Tahrīr Square has seen the blood of both Muslims and Christians shed and mixed together. He said his organization is defending the rights of Copts from a...
A fact-finding commission set up by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) that recently visited Rafah said Christian families residing in the border city are facing constant threat that overruns their right to live. [Mahmūd Hassūnah, al-Watan, Oct. 26, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
Muslim and Christian thinkers agreed during an intercultural dialogue forum held by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) in Alexandria that the freedom of expression is one of the basic principles included in all heavenly religions. CEOSS director, Pastor Adrea Zakī,...
Bishop Yuhannā Qultah, the patriarchal deputy of the Coptic Catholic Church, said that President Mursī's invitation was extended to the heads of Egyptian churches but no topics were set for discussions.
President Muhammad Mursī on Tuesday (October 23) received a delegation of Azhar clerics led by Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb and senior clergymen of the Egyptian church and discussed the role of the religious discourse in societal change. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Akhbār, Oct. 24, p. 7] Read...
Joseph Malāk, a lawyer for the families of victims of the Alexandria-based Two Saints Church bombing attack early in January 2011 filed a report with the public prosecutor against President Mursī, ousted president Husnī Mubārak and former minister of interior Habīb al-'Ādlī for deliberately...
Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said any citizen in any place all over the world who seeks asylum to the Netherlands must first be present on Dutch soil and then offer a convincing proof that he/she needs international protection. [Dīnā Darwīsh, al-Akhbār, Oct. 23, p. 7] Read text in Arabic
The Nasr City Court of Misdemeanor saw a heated third session of the trial of Ahmad Muhammad Mahmūd, alias Abū Islām, who, along with his son Islām and a journalist called Hānī Yāsīn, is facing charges of disdaining Christianity in public and the tearing and burning of a copy of the Bible during...
In an attempt to appease the tense atmosphere in the village of Banī Hassan al-Ashrāf, al-Minya governorate, a 'urfī (informal) conciliatory session was held in coordination with security agencies to settle sectarian unrest between two Coptic and Muslim families. [Teresa Kamāl and 'Alā' Sarhān,...
A dialogue forum held by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria laid an emphatic stress on the need to activate citizenship as a non-negotiable principle for Egyptians to obtain their rights without any forms of discrimination,...
Calm was restored to the city of ‘Isnā, southern Luxor governorate, where sectarian troubles took place after differences between Copts and Muslims over a plot of land belonging to the Virgin Mary Church for years.

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