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2. Senior leader of the Islamic Reform Front Organisation, ʿAmr ʿAbd al-Shakūr ʿAmir, said the main reason for the end of good relations between al-Jamaʿa al-Islamiyyah and the Islamic Community, is because the Jamāl Hishmat [Gamal Heshmat] is attacking Assim ʿAbd al-Mājid (member of Shura Council) calling him a terrorist. ʿAmir said the attack was a main reason behind the Islamic Community’s request for national reconciliation, as well as a recent report by a fact finding mission implicating the group in the burning of Churches and monasteries after 30 June revolution. (Ahmed Salāh, Fino, 11 November 2014)
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The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) presented an informational evening about the Egyptian Holy Family tradition on March 17. It was a great pleasure H.G. Bishop Martyrus and Dr. Magd Kahil of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Eng. Adel Gendy of the Ministry of Tourism attended besides Rev. Dr. Michael Dobson, interns, staff and friends of CAWU.
March 17, 2015 - The Holy Family Tradition evolved from hundreds of years of oral tradition in Egypt's Coptic community. With a revitalization of the Holy Family Tradition in Egypt following the turn of the millenium, Editor-in-chief of Arab West Report and scholar of the Holy Family, Cornelis Hulsman, investigates the means by which the Holy Family tradition highlights Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt and the partnership that has evolved from this folklore that evolved in a Muslim environment.
In 2000 Egypt's Ministry of Tourism began a plan to revitalize and attract tourism to Upper Egypt and other areas not usually frequented by tourists. This would primarily be a means of creating jobs in these regions, where some villages are almost entirely reliant of remittances sent from family members in the Urban centres of Cairo and Alexandria. Among the ideas was a revitalization of tourism based on the Holy Family in Egypt Tradition. The tradition based on Coptic oral folklore tells of the Holy Family and their travels around Egypt while fleeing King Herod.
The Center for Arab-West Understanding and the Global Forum for Media and Development organized a monthly discussion forum on January 19 with Mohamed Anwar El Sadat.
On February 27, The Center for Arab-West Understanding in cooperation with the Global Forum for Media and Development held a monthly forum with Mohamed Badran. It was an endeavor to explore the rising political parties and the political environment in Egypt.
Cornelis Hulsman wrote: “Western scholars and authors who write about Muslim-Christian relations often refer to the ‘Covenant of Umar’ that provided for severe restrictions on non-Muslims. Most Western scholars believe centuries of discussions between Muslims and Christians crystallized in the 9th century to the texts that we now know as Covenant of Umar. It was attributed to the “rightly guided” Caliph ʿUmar Ibn Al-Khattāb (634-644) because it would grand it greater authority but had, in fact, nothing to do with this Caliph.”
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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Text of Mona El-Saghir, General Secretary of the Global Forum for Media and Development from January 27, 2015 Press Conference.
Cornelius Hulsman, Deputy Chair of the Center for Arab-West Understanding
Press conference 27 January
Counter blasphemy with arguments by the pen and other non-violent means.