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The following lines provide a resume of the history of the celebration of the Holy Family celebrated annually in the Upper Egyptian village of Jabal al-Tayr. Moreover, the media shed light on the influence of the financial crisis in Egypt on the celebration.
The following article presents the up to date information received by Arab-West Report from Ra’ed al-Sharqawi.
Egypt is a land of love and tolerance between Muslims and Christians despite all of the talk of sectarian strife.
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...
Karima, the youngest daughter of a poor Christian villager in Durunka is the heroine of the latest story of conversions of young Christian girls to Islām. Karima’s attempted conversion was about to ignite the fire of strife in Assiut.
The author of the article describes the bureaucratic and legal difficulties that the Monastery of the Holy Virgin has experienced in trying to establish a small wooded area near its premises.
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.
Sawt al-Umma presents a special report on the economic and social conditions of Upper Egyptians. The report clearly accuses the Egyptian regime of neglecting the grievances of these people and of being unjust in dealing with Upper Egypt’s governorates.
The governorate of Assiut celebrated the Day of the Holy Virgin in the monastery at Durunka. A great number of Christians and Muslims participated in the celebration.


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