20. Basic Facts about Ramadan

The month of July is to be the month of Ramadan this year. At the time of writing this article, it was expected that the beginning of Ramadan will be the 29th of June, this is a presumption based on astrological knowledge. The real beginning will be announced in every country by the “ro’ya”, i.e. to look and see  if the new moon is visible or not. The period of the moon defines the beginning of every month and so the year of the Western calendar includes 10 days more than the Islamic calendar. For this reason, Ramadan begins each year, 10 days before last years Ramadan and the feast at the end of the month, the “eid al fitr” will start on the 28th or 29th July.

19. Ramadan as intercultural, interfaith experience

This summer will mark my third Ramadan spent in Egypt since I began traveling to the country in January 2011.  My first experience of an Egyptian Ramadan in the summer of 2011 remains particularly memorable, both as a cultural and personal experience.

18. Studying Arabic in Cairo

As a student who signed up to study Arabic in the autumn of 2010, I looked forward to the third year of my degree (abroad in an Arabic-speaking country) with a lot of excitement – there were so many options to choose from. I had organised a three-month teaching placement in Muscat, Oman to begin in January. I flew out on the 14th January, 2011, – the same day Tunisian president, Zine Ben Ali was deposed. Those first three months became the Arab Spring, and as protests continued, in some cases toppling governments, I contemplated a year in an Arab world much changed from the one I had expected. 

5. Meeting with Pope Tawadros II, the Holy Week and Easter
 
Dr. Enan Galaly, having the Knight of Dannebrog title bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Ambassador of Historical Relations between Denmark and the Middle East and chairman of the Advisory Council for the International Association of University Presidents worldwide, and Cornelis Hulsman, Editor-in-chief of Arab-West Report, were blessed on March 5 by Pope Tawadros II. The meeting was about the importance of the route of the Holy Family in Egypt. Egypt was blessed by the Holy Family, the pope said, and so are visits to locations that were blessed by the Holy Family. The pope is in contact with the Ministry of Tourism about efforts to promote pilgrimage. Read more here.
 
Arab-West Report uses this occasion to congratulate our Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christian friends with Easter.
 
 
 
67. Statement from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate at Anba Rueiss, Abbassiya

Arab West Report translated the text of the Coptic Orthodox acting Patriarch Bishop Pachomius's comment on the incidents of the village Dahshūr, al-Badrāshīn Township.

Below is the full text translation of the the official statement.

[Reviewer's Note: the below name, address and  postal code were mentioned in English in the official statement that is why Arab West Report did not transliterate Deir Anba Rueiss.] 

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On November 14, Isabella Pereira mailed a feature story titled, “The dirty secret behind some of Cairo’s development dreams”.  

I have been on the mailing list of Amnesty International for years and appreciate much of their reporting, but I found the title of this story extremely suggestive and unbalanced. 

On August 19, an opinion piece by Dr. Tariq Ghazalī Harb appeared in al-Masrī al-Yawm, a liberal Egyptian daily newspaper. The author, a surgeon, describes the Muslim Brotherhood (which he always names with negative sarcasm) as a cancer in society, and in his authoritative medical opinion the only solution for healing the body from a tumor is its complete extraction.

On April 25, 2013, Jihad Watch contributor Raymond Ibrahim (Ibrāhīm) published in Middle East Forum what he titled “Death to Churches Under Islam; A Study of the Coptic Church.” (http://www.meforum.org/3492/churches-under-islam)

AWR's intern Myles Ormerod reviewed articles of incidents that were not covered in Egyptian newspapers, but came in online foreign media on May 25, 2013, tackling Muslim-Christians relations and/or Coptic issues. 

On March 28, 2013 Fox News broadcast an incendiary video report entitled, ‘US Silent as Christians are Persecuted in Egypt?’ It is understood that media relies on a level of sensationalism in order to attract the viewer or reader to a story. Yet this report moves beyond sensationalism to distortion, in which elements of truth are stretched to create an impression far removed from reality. 

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Newsclippings from International Sources

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The Armant Misdemeanor Appeal Court in Luxor (Upper Egypt) confirmed the sentence the first-degree court against a young Coptic Christian man named Kyrillos Shawki, who was accused of contempt of Islam for stirring sectarian strife. He was sentenced to six years in prison and 6,000 EGP bail.

 
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Martha Saeed, the mother of a child kidnapped four years ago is asking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to intervene to bring her daughter back.

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Lawyer Samir Nazer, a member of the Coptic Christian family called Agoura in Al-Shamiya village, Assiut (Upper Egypt), said, “We appealed on Monday to the President of the Republic, the Minister of Interior, the Attorney General, and the Assiut director of security because a group of thugs led by Ashraf Ahmed Mohamed Halika, Salim Ahmed Salim and others seized about fifteen acres” owned by a number of members in his family 15 days ago.
 

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Observers believe that the information provided by Eman Morcos, a Coptic woman who recently escaped from kidnapping, raises serious concerns about the role of the police in the diappearance of Christian Egyptians.

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The Copts of Al-Qusiya city, Assuit (Upper Egypt) appealed to President Sisi and the Interior Minister to save them from the criminals who force financial royalties on them.

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