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The Holy Family came to Egypt, says the Biblical text. But it is silent on what they did once there. Coptic Orthodox tradition has filled in the details. And now, as Arab West Report discovered on a visit led by Cornelis Hulsman on January 16, 2016, they have one detail more.
The article sheds light on the celebrations of Virgin Mary mawlid in Drunkah, Assiut.
In recent years the tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have increased. In many cases Christians have been victims of violence. Is there any chance that religions can live together peacefully in the land of Nile? This is the question that Cornelis Hulsman sought to answer in his paper...
In Egypt a popular level of religion exists whereby celebrations of the Virgin Mary have had both Muslim and Christian participants.
The editorial highlights several interesting articles in this week’s issue, including a report about Christian missionary work and Islamic da‘wah. There is also an article in this issue about the oath that Christians say in Egyptian courts which Hulsman brings to the reader’s attention.
The following article presents the up to date information received by Arab-West Report from Ra’ed al-Sharqawi.
I have visited DrunkaDurunka, Assuiute, twice to take part in the annual celebrations at the Convent of the Virgin Mary between the 7th and the 21st of August. Inside the Convent, there is a cave where the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ stayed. Father Daniel Habib says that the Virgin Mary and Jesus...
Watani interviewed Samir Mitri Gayed, a member of the National Egyptian Heritage Revival Association (N.E.H.R.A), a pressure group which is keen on opening up religious tourism in Egypt.
Bāsimah William writes about the celebrations of the feast of the Virgin Mary at Dayr al-Azrā’ in Jabal Assiut, which does not attract only Christians, but also Muslims and people from all over the world.
The annual celebrations of the feast of the Virgin Mary at Dayr al-Azrā’ attracted millions of Muslims and Christians and boosted economic activities in the city of Assiut.

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