Tagged with Copts

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crown Prince Visit

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crown Prince Visit

God, It was a high-profile visit, with high-profile rhetoric. The Saudi crown prince took his first foreign policy travels, spending several days in Egypt. He spoke of economy. The joint megacity is a future boon. He spoke of terrorism. Turkey and Qatar need isolation. He spoke of religion. Copts are beloved and Azhar restored. He … Continue reading

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

This article was first published at The Table. Many have been impressed by the forgiveness Coptic Christians have offered to their enemies. Beheaded, ambushed, churches bombed, shot in cold blood – they have not retaliated. Instead, though anger boils, they pray for their persecutors. In the links above you can explore the opportunities I have … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

God, Help Egypt navigate her way in the world. Help her navigate her way at home. Ally Saudi Arabia has launched new efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region, while securing power and reform in the kingdom. There is war in Yemen and Syria. There are palpitations in Lebanon. There is ongoing regional instability. … Continue reading

A Christian Death in the Western Desert

A Christian Death in the Western Desert

Egypt suffered another terrorism setback this week, as a shootout with militants in the Western Desert resulted in the death of at least 16 policemen. That is the official, government tally. International media reported much higher figures, though the government dismissed their numbers and an alleged recording describing the chaos in the field, saying they were … Continue reading

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

  There is a general understanding that Egypt’s Christians are marginalized in the educational curriculum. An additional idea is that this came during an Islamization period in the 1970s, or perhaps during Nasser’s presidency. A researcher examined this question and described them on Mada Masr. Here is his evaluation: Based on an analysis of Egyptian … Continue reading

Ramadan Diversity

Ramadan Diversity

Today is the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. In order to help our Western friends understand this month, here are a few stories that reveal a wide scope of Ramadan diversity. It may be surprising to some that in Egypt, many churches host iftar, the fast-breaking meal at sunset. I attended two, which … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

God, To some degree, dramatic events were more of the same. For good or for ill, some may well carry forward, some must irrevocably stop. Judge rightly, God, and guide Egypt to your judgment. Coptic families were gunned down on an outing to a monastery. Websites were blocked in a dispute over content and orientation. … Continue reading

A Coptic Poem to ISIS

A Coptic Poem to ISIS

After the latest atrocity against the Copts perpetrated by the Islamic State – killing 30 in an ambush of a church outing to visit a monastery – the following poem was circulated on social media. It is entitled ‘A Message to ISIS’, written by Kiro al-Masry. The translation is mine and the Arabic original is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

God, As one era passes, another begins. One died, and then two others. There is no connection, save a pernicious idea. Defeat it, God, and save the people – target and targetter alike. Far away in America, the Blind Sheikh passed away after many years of incarceration. Linked to terrorism in the first World Trade … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Church and Loan

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Church and Loan

God, Long awaited items seem almost there. But almost to arrival is still a distance. Give wisdom in the final days of discussion. Egypt’s Christians have long complained of difficulty in securing authorization to build churches. The new constitution mandated a law be passed by parliament in its first term to govern a better process. … Continue reading

Egyptian Copts: Continuing Violence and Conditional Hope

Egyptian Copts: Continuing Violence and Conditional Hope

Egyptian Christians continue to offer overwhelming support to the current president. Following removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power, Copts are inclined to overlook economic challenges and human rights infringements as they with many Egyptians appreciate Egypt’s relative regional stability. Public rhetoric esteems Christians as equal citizens as the president challenges Muslims to remove sectarianism … Continue reading

Q&A with an Expert in Customary Reconciliation Sessions

Q&A with an Expert in Customary Reconciliation Sessions

This article was first published at Arab West Report. For many Christians in Egypt, customary reconciliation sessions (CRS) represent one of the most visceral symbols of discrimination against their community. Existing outside the scope of formal law and justice, CRS offer a quick alternative to the lengthy judicial process as village elders and religious leaders … Continue reading