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01. Discussion about people believing Geert Wilder’s film Fitna (2008) made sense resulted in a discussion between a liberal Muslim and informed Muslim believers about violence in Islam

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01. Discussion about people believing Geert Wilder’s film Fitna (2008) made sense resulted in a discussion between a liberal Muslim and informed Muslim believers about violence in Islam
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November 25, 2014
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Cornelis Hulsman, Baher Dokhan, Amr el-Masry, Eline Verhof, Nabil [Unknown], Ed [Unknown]
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We are cleaning the forum contributions of the ENAWU network. Contributions of interest are now placed in Arab-West Report.

The Center for Arab-West Understanding’s first main activity after its foundation was organizing a strong opposition to the polarizing comments of the Dutch MP Geert Wilder and his film ‘Fitna.’ Questioning the logical basis for the film, we published several criticisms written by Arab and Western scholars and religious leaders in addition to organizing a Dutch Muslim-Christian delegation into Egypt which submitted a petition to the Dutch parliament objecting to the release of ‘Fitna.’

We also received responses believing the Wilder’s film should not be critiqued.

We received three responses of people who believe Wilders' film should not be critiqued. I shared this in 2008 on our forum. That resulted in a discussion with a Coptic Christian living in the West and later a liberal, agnostic, Muslim and two informed Muslim believers about violence in Islam. Both showed to have a good knowledge of Islamic sources and because of this, this discussion is so extremely interesting. This discussion was one of the most viewed discussions in our forum with 62013 views. The discussion started in May 2008 and ended in June 2008.

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02. Was president Mohammed Morsi legitimately elected?

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02. Was president Mohammed Morsi legitimately elected?
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December 16, 2014
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Cornelis Hulsman
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December 16, 2014 - The legitimacy of the 2012 presidential elections which resulted in bring President Mohammed Morsi [Muhammad Mūrsī] to power has been disputed since the day the election results were announced. Arab West Report was presented with a copy of al-Istiqlāl (October 22, 2012) and Ahmed Shafiq’s comments on Facebook published on October 16, 2014. What both texts had in common was the assertion that Shafiq was the original winner of the 2012 presidential elections. Arab West Report decided with the help of Dr. Sherin F. Ibrahim, who contributed to the formulation of Egypt’s 2012 and 2014 Constitutions and presented us with the texts, to investigate these claims further.

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02. Was president Mohammed Morsi legitimately elected?

01. Copts Divided on the draft Unified Personal Status Law

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01. Copts Divided on the draft Unified Personal Status Law
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December 7, 2014
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Monica Micheal Hanna
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In front  of St Marcos Cathedral in Abbasiyya,  the slogan – “demonstrate and defend your rights” – was heard coming from protestors opposing Egypt’s so-called family laws or ‘personal status laws.’ Protests were resparked in the aftermath of the 11 November ruling of a family court in Cairo which denied the divorce proceedings of Anis ‘Abd al-Masih, citing the state’s compliance with the code of the Orthodox Church. Subsequently, ‘Abd al-Masih demanded the legislation of a civil personal status law for Copts in order to “help them come out of the mantle of the Church.”[1]

 
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01. How three months in Egypt changed my perspective on reality

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01. How three months in Egypt changed my perspective on reality
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December 14, 2014
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Jonathan Vink
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December 14, 2014 - The sudden opportunity to come to Cairo came to me as a surprise. It was just before summer and I recently finished writing my final thesis for my journalism bachelor. Internships were the only thing between me and graduation come March. Everything was arranged and within two weeks I would board a plane to Egypt. It is something I had never really thought about before that moment and something, looking back on it now, that I am thankful for. What was it that made it so special? The people I met along the way. 

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01. AWR Weekly Overview, Week 43 (October 22 – October 28, 2014)

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01. AWR Weekly Overview, Week 43 (October 22 – October 28, 2014)
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October 18, 2014
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Summaries; Monica Micheal Hanna: Translation: Aaron Kunze
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3. Egyptian Surveillance drowns in Facebook discussions

There is no end in sight of Facebook discussions in a society that struggles with religious, political, and class issues. Conservations ranging from the usage of wedding veils and lingerie; the announcement of the Nobel Prize winner; a baby crying next to an ISIS fighter; the search for the truth; university tests; the gloating about dead Muslim Brothers, or the brutal slaughter of ‘Īd al-Adhá. (Sara ‘Alâm, al-Yawm al-Sābi’a, Oct. 22).

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15. AWR Weekly Overview, Week 44 (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2014)

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15. AWR Weekly Overview, Week 44 (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2014)
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November 4, 2014
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1. Details about Pope Tawadros’ II. visit to Russia

Pope Tawadros II. arrived at the Moscow Domodedovo airport on his visit to Russia, during which he met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Cyril (Michael Fāris, al-Yawm al-Sābi’a, Oct. 29).

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1. AWR Daily Overviews, Week 42, 2014

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1. AWR Daily Overviews, Week 42, 2014
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October 15-21
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Press Summaries from Egyptian and Arabic language media from Week 42, 2014 (October 15-21).

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14. The Maspero Youth Union: still going strong?

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14. The Maspero Youth Union: still going strong?
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October 30, 2014
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René Witteveen (ed. R Forster)
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October 30, 2014 - Since its inception on the tarmac facing the Maspero State Television building in Downtown Cairo, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) has been a driving movement, organizing protests that at times have included thousands of Coptic Christians. Before its establishment three and a half years ago, there were few means for Egypt’s Copt to voice their demands, and never before had they shown strength in such large numbers. This has not been without incident – a march on October 9th, 2011 was met with violent repression by security and during the incident more than 20 Copts lost their lives in what is known as the ‘Maspero Massacre’. Nowadays, large marches and their revolutionary spirit are a thing of the past, and many have settled for a new period of hoped-for stability.

But what does this mean for an activist group born of the revolution? Is the MYU still going strong, or have things changed? CAWU Intern, René Witteveen sat down with Mina Magdy, the MYU’s General Coordinator, and Beshoy Tamri, head of Political Communications, to talk about the Maspero Youth Union anno 2014.

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4. The Story of a Village Church

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4. The Story of a Village Church
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October 21, 2014
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A man named ‘lantern’ finds a buried treasure, and with the money builds a church and extends a priesthood. If only all tales of Coptic Orthodox churches were so adventurous. (Some are.)

The village of Qufādah, home of the Virgin Mary and St. Abaskhiroun Church, is about a 30-45 minute drive from Maghāghah, 160 kilometers south of Cairo, in the governorate of Minya.

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2. Beacons of hope light up Cairo slum: What the bloody incidents of 1981 taught Al Zawya Al Hamra

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2. Beacons of hope light up Cairo slum: What the bloody incidents of 1981 taught Al Zawya Al Hamra
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October 23, 2014
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The narrow streets in Al Zawya Al Hamra are quiet. A donkey pulls a cart, a woman carries fresh bread on her head and some boys are repairing their TukTuk. On such mornings, it is hard to imagine that these same streets once were the stage of tragic fights between Muslim and Christian residents. In june 1981, a conflict escalated dramtically causing a number of deaths and more injuries. Today the people in this poor area live in harmony, but what are the chances of a conflict like this to happen again?

Kased (b. 1931 - ) was with the first groups who came from the North to settle in Al Zawya Al Hamra. Back then the area consisted mainly of agricultural land and the buildings these people built were illegal. The rapidly growing number of inhabitants resulted in densely populated and poor area. Living here for almost sixty years, Kased says the area was always a peaceful place – “The relations between Muslim and Christian people were good, we always lived in good harmony.”

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Jaqueline is one of the three stewards in charge of the St. Verina project in Zawya Al Hamra. She explains how this project is of great value for the area. “Because of the basic health class”, she told me, “we could help people treat problems they cannot locate themselves. These are often easy to cure, but the psychological relief is great.” The help for the needy is thoroughly undertaken. “First,” she explains, “we do research on the people in the area and look for the most urgent cases. Sometimes we try to find a new apartment, sometimes we fix walls and floors and sometimes we help [them] financially. Whether muslim or Christian, we’re here for the poor.”

 When you ask the local priest, Abouna Youssef, if he thinks such incidents could ever happen again he is firm in his answer. “No, not possible. The reason for this,” he continues, “is that we take care of our people. Back in 1981 the area was very poor, health conditions were bad and education was low. All of these factors add up to a higher risk of violent incidents.”

 Abouna Youssef, himself has good relations with local Muslim leaders. “We often visit each other, and when there is a problem concerning our people we talk about this [and try to] find a fitting solution. Of course, there are still some Brotherhood supporters in this area, but not enough to stir up violent incidents like those in the past. I’m sure Muslims will prevent this too.”

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