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Due to the pervasive media reporting both inside Egypt and in the international community, the violent incidents of May 31, 2008 at the Abu Fana Monastery is widely viewed as a sectarian confli
The author discusses several issues surrounding the Abū Fānā monastery incident. These include the golden mobile phone presented to Hassānayn by the pope, the past conversion of an Abū Fānā monastery monk to Islam, and the opinions of Hassānayn regarding the governor of Minia and Ihāb Ramzī.
Yesterday Minia Criminal Court released five people accused in connection with the assault on Abū Fānā monastery.
Cornelis Hulsman explains the events leading up to the September 9 celebration to mark the end of the Abū Fānā tensions. Hulsman was invited to attend by ‘Alā’ Hassānayn but eventually had to refuse the invitation because the reconciliation did not involve all the necessary parties.
The tensions related to the Monastery of Abu Fana are characterized by unclear and conflicting land registration regulations, manipulation of information and lack of transparency by both responsible government and church authorities.
Drs. Hulsman points to a number of important articles in this issue, in particular articles that deal with the Western mis-perception of Islam and Arabs, and how these biased perceptions manifest themselves in society, literature, and the legal system.
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