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The two children left the Beni Suef prosecution to an unknown place after orders to release them as security forces intensified presence in ‘Izbit Marco lest retaliatory acts erupt.
Jamāl Shamardal, a leading member of the Jamā’ah Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) in Beni Suef, held Priest Ishaq Kastūr of the ‘Izbit Marco Church of al-Fashn town, responsible for the escalated incidents in the governorate during the past few days.
A fact-finding commission sent by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) to investigate the sectarian unrest in ‘Izbit Marco and Rajī in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef spotted several dangerous gaps that would result in sectarian problems.
Calm was recovered to the area of ‘Izbit Marco, al-Fashn township, Beni Suef governorate, on Monday (October 29) after clashes between Muslims and Copts outside a church on Sunday (October 28) as security forces wielded control and deployed anti-riot police personnel.
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.
Fire fighting forces controlled a fire breaking out in the prayer hall of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in al-Fashn, south of Beni Suef [Banī Suwayf], as a result of the fall of a candle in the hall.
بعد الأحداث الطائفية التي وقعت بقرية كفر درويش التابعة لمركز الفشن جنوب محافظة بني سويف بشهر، و بالتحديد في شهر يوليو/تموز 2015، تم لقاء صحفي بين القمص هاتور عبد الله، راعي كنيسة السيدة العذراء بالقرية و بيني بصفتي نائب رئيس مركز تقارب العرب و الغرب. كان برفقتي الباحث الأمريكي ماثيو أندرسون. و قد...
This interview was conducted in July 2015 with Father Hātūr ʿAbdullāh [Hathur ʿAbdullah], pastor of the Church of The Holy Virgin in Kafr Darwīsh, district of al-Fashn, Beni Suef governorate, around a month after reports about sectarian strife in his village. The interview was arranged through...
Abstract: There is an urgent need for more fieldwork in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt.  Too much reporting on these issues is either ideologically motivated or supported by insufficient data.  Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman will provide examples from his work, including the conversion of...
The Faculty of Comparative Religion at the University of Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia, invited Cornelis Hulsman to present his work in Egypt to students on the 9th of February, 2018. Hulsman’s lecture covered the following subjects: - Introduction of Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman, Drs., director of...
Copts in the governorates of Minya [Minyā] and Beni Suef [Banī Swayf], Upper Egypt, celebrated the 40th day after the death of the Coptic victims killed in an attack while they were on their way to visit St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery last May.
On November 19, Christians of al-Fashn in the governorate of Banī Swayf will gather for the 40th day anniversary of Father Samʿān Shiḥāta’s death. This is a custom widely observed by Muslims and Christians alike, probably dating back to pharaonic days. In light of this occasion, please find...
From time to time, Egypt experiences crimes of forced displacement committed against individual citizens or their family in accordance with tribal tradition. These crimes are often committed in the presence of Egyptian state institutions' representatives, and sometimes, local members of parliament...
The church construction law has raised a lot of controversy during its preparation process, including its restrictive articles on security and governor's approval. However, one village seems remained unaffected of all these security complications and bureaucratic procedures; fears of provoking...
The Beni Suēf prosecution ordered on Sunday the custody and a 4-day pre-trial detention of 18 people accused of inciting sectarian violence in the village of Saft Khersa, Beni Suēf. The detainees face charges of "disrupting public peace and assaulting personal freedoms" and "damaging the house and...
Conversion in Egypt is a complicated and thorny issue.
Report about an Arab-West Report visit to Qufada in the district of Maghagha where we met with Shaykh Hamdi Abd al-Fattah and Father Yo’annis about Customary Reconciliation Sessions in Maghagha.  
Georgetown University PhD candidate Matthew Anderson went in July 2015 with Arab-West Report/Center for Arab-West Understanding to Maghagha were we met with several local people, Christians and Muslims, about the expulsion of an extended Christian family from Kafr Darwish following allegations of...
Customary law, commonly referred to as (ʿUrfī [Urfi] ‎ Law), is a set of rules and procedures used by local arbitrators, for reconciliation and conflict resolution.  Urfi law is resorted to by local communities in mostly non-metropolitan areas where it is held that the judicial system is not an...

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