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[The text was written as a chapter for Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission, Edited by Hans Aage Gravaas, Christof Sauer, Tormod Engelsviken, Maqsood Kamil and Knud Jørgensen. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Vol.
The interview with Dr Amr Assad Khalil [ʿAmrū Asʿad Khalīl] is a journey to Moscow of the 80’s through the eyes of an Egyptian, a monologue of memory, a life story and warm conversation of two with the hum of a hard-working ventilator in the back.  Dr. Asʿad speaks about his anti-Israeli activities...
Why do we often talk about Copts and the 1952 Revolution? Was the revolution at that time against the Copts as a religious sect, as if we still lived in the Ottoman confessional system? Was the revolution against the interests of the feudal and capitalist class of the Copts alone?  Do we measure...
The Coptic Orthodox Church’s stance on the Palestinian cause is tied to the church’s stance on the Egyptian state.  If the pope agreed with the head of state, the church identified with its official position.  However, if the church didn’t agree with the state, then it took a stance inconsistent...
Naẓīr Jayyid Rūfāʾil, who would later become Pope Shinūda, was born on August 3, 1923, to a middle-class family in the rural village of Salām in Asyūṭ.  He was the youngest child in the family, having five sisters and two brothers.  His mom passed away two days after giving birth to him leaving him...
Not only was al-Azhar one of the only educational institutions in existence before Muḥammad ʻAlī, it was also always at the helm of the Egyptian independence movement.  Its scholars were leaders in the successful efforts to liberate Egypt from French occupation. They were also the leaders of the...
Christianity entered Egypt with Mark the Evangelist during the time of the reign of Nero in the first century. The Christians in Egypt at that time used the Coptic language and the Coptic Church still uses Coptic in prayers today. In his book "A Short Account of the Copts", the American...
For decades now, Egyptian Coptic Christians and Muslims have been citing widely diverging numbers for the percentage of Christians in Egypt. In the absence of reliable, published data, the figures vary wildly, anywhere from 6 to 24 percent of population.
Russian intern Yana Kabirova interned with the Center for Arab-West Understanding between December 10 and December 31, 2018. Her chief interest was in extremism in the Muslim world and thus we introduced her to Professor Abdallah Schleifer, a prominent Middle East expert, chief editor of The Muslim...

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