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It is a sunny winter morning in Cairo when I and a small group from the Maadi Community Church (MCC) take the road for al-Qanāṭir prison. Located in al-Qanāṭir area, at the apex of the Nile Delta, al-Qanāṭir prison includes the only big female prison in Egypt. In addition, the complex hosts a...
This article first appeared in Pokrof in 2011 under the title Strakke Koptische Huwelijkswetgeving leidt tot spanningen; binnenkerkelijk, politiek en interreligieus.  AWR reader Dr. Rachel Scott, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech...
When an opportunity presented itself for a seventeen year old female refugee from South Sudan to flee, she took it.  However, upon arriving to Cairo, she was imprisoned in a residential apartment for three months where she was repeatedly raped. After this horrifying experience, she discovered that...
On Sunday evening, Dr. Saḥar Naṣr, Minister of Investment and International Development, held a press conference to celebrate the new level of collaboration with the embassy of Sweden and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD to strengthen women’s participation in the...
A new problem has emerged in Egypt in recent days. It is about the freedom of Christian women in general to change their religion to Islam and the consequent possibility of marriage to a Muslim and the transition from a Christian family to a Muslim family. This is the background of tensions...
In the wake of increased incidents related to Islamophobia, the current British government, under the control of the conservative party, is trying to figure out a way to define Islamophobia, after rejecting the APPG's proposed definition, in order to meet the practical and legal challenges facing...
For many years expatriate churches in Cairo organize regular visits to foreign prisoners at Qanater prison. Egyptian authorities allow foreigners only to visit non-Egyptian nationals. Egyptian visitors are allowed to visit both Egyptian and non-Egyptian visitors. It is much easier to visit prison...
The interview with Ambassador Mona Omar was held at the Diplomatic Club, in Cairo on 7th July; the discussion was fully recorded with the Ambassador’s permission.  This text was presented to Ambassador Mona Omar on July 21, 2019. The Ambassador had no objections to publishing this text. Ambassador...
At a time when the topic of migration is at the center of debate, it is usual to take under scrutiny how foreigners coming to Western countries integrate. Do they learn the language of the host country? Do they open themselves to the local communities? Do they adapt to the new customs and...
Amīra, a 15 year old girl from Fayūm, experienced a terrifying nightmare that no one could have ever anticipated. 

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