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03. Egypt Exposes “Terrorist Brotherhood” in Front of the World
Egyptian human rights groups slammed the Muslim Brotherhood at an assembly of the UNHRC, the purpose of which was to review the state of human rights in Egypt. The Egyptian interim-Minister of Justice Ibrāhīm Muhinīdī addressed the assembly which included delegates from 125 nations in addition to numerous international and Egyptian human rights organizations. The previous two days witnessed intense efforts by a delegation of human rights groups to criticize the Brotherhood: Kimāl al-Hilbāwī the former head of the National Council for Human Rights said the Brotherhood had been colluding with armed groups since the Rabaʿa sit-in during a side session, and protests and a press conference were held outside the assembly denouncing the Brotherhood and al-Jazeera. During the conference, speakers said that those seeking to cause problems in Egypt “do not deserve an Egyptian passport” and that a file with 3,000 accusations against the Brotherhood would be brought before the U.N. the next week. [Read Arabic Article Here]
(Hudá Rashwān, Mahmūd Hasūnah, and Akram Sāmī; al-Watan; November 5th 2014)
For many years economic and business experts have stated that Africa, as a whole, is a continent of almost limitless economic and financial potential. According to these experts, this potential results from its large mineral deposits and broad human resources. However African countries have failed to capitalize on these economic advantages over the last 60 years.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, representing an Anglican Communion of 85 million people worldwide, visited Egypt and gave a sermon on being a witness to the truth at the All Saints Cathedral in Cairo, April 19, 2015.
I found this sermon of particular importance to the work of Arab-West Report and Center for Arab-West Understanding since finding the truth on what we see in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt is essential to the core of our work. I asked Archbishop Welby for the text of his Sermon but this was not written out and neither was it, to his knowledge, recorded. The following is based on my notes from the sermon.
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.”