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This text presents the program with links to (power point) presentations, reports of sessions and student responses. The executive report of entire program was written by Dr. Matthew Anderson and can be found here. Date of arrival at dormitories: June 25...
In brief, the first day showcased the different areas of educational and pedagogical expertise that each institutional partner would contribute throughout the summer school. 
On the second day, summer school participants were privileged to learn from a member of the European Parliament, Bas Belder. 
On 28th June, the summer school group took an excursion to Sekem farm, an organic farm in the Egyptian desert, around 60km North East of Cairo. The students were there to discover the Sekem ethos, sustainable development with a holistic approach, and experience the living and learning intercultural...
On Friday 29th July, the summer school students went back in time to explore the strikingly unique and enigmatic ancient Egyptian culture. As inquisitive students, I think that we all share an interest in the past, and we were therefore curious to delve into the mysterious and majestic lives of the...
On Sunday July 1st., the summer school group left the dormitories to attend a service in All Saints Cathedral (Anglican-Episcopal) in Zamalek, Cairo. 
How should we assess the endless stream of media reports and images that we are exposed to daily? On July 2, 2018, Matthew Sparks (M.A., Georgetown University) facilitated an important and evocative discussion of this question and introduced Arab-West Report, the massive electronic database...
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. 
Christianity and Islam were the main focus of interreligious dialogue in the summer school. Not all participants, however, were adherents of those two religions. Some participants identified as being atheist, agnostic, or spiritualist. Two participants that identified as spiritualist presented...
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.
Among other things, this stimulating workshop helped to make students aware of the problem of stereotypes and how to avoid acting on them. The group was divided in smaller groups to discuss eight photos and four quotes made by individuals on the pictures. For each photo they had to guess the...
On 5th July, Johan Snel delivered a lecture discussing freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Johan’s lecture focused primarily on the current dialogue of freedom of expression and religion in Dutch journalism, and the divisive effects they caused across the Islamic world and wider...
On July 5th, following lectures on the freedom of expression by Johan Snel and Dr Matthew Anderson, the Summer School group discussed freedom of expression and Islamic views of freedom of expression. Initially, Egyptian and Islamic students were invited to start the discussion, to share their...
Throughout the presentation of Johan Snel on July 6th, 2018, three themes were discussed: modern democracies, the dark side of democracies, and the lessons we can draw from this.
Professor Hoda Awad joined the group for a presentation about the Egyptian constitution. She started by discussing the basics of democracy and constitutions. She explained to us that democracies had six elements or conditions. Firstly, there is the presence of democratic institutions and...
The papal elections will be held today (October 29) at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah as 2412 voters will cast their ballots in eight boxes. The voting process will end at 05:00 pm, after which counting will start immediately before announcing the names of three of...
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...
Monday (October 29) will be the day long awaited by Copts – eight months – to elect a successor for Pope Shenouda III, who passed away on March 17, 2012, to sit on the chair of Saint Mark, one of the apostles of Jesus, and who preached the Gospel in Egypt.
Bishop Bula of Tantā, the official spokesman for the committee overseeing the papal elections, said he had contacts with Minister of Interior Ahmad Jamāl al-Dīn on securing the elections, adding the minister will give instructions to deploy some fire engines and ambulances inside the Saint Mark...
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...

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