Tagged with Sectarianism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

God, A small group of terrorists killed worshippers at a church in southern Cairo. A large mob of neighbors vandalized a different church further south. A sizeable allotment of police and military guarded churches throughout the country. A fair portion of churches remain closed for security reasons. A tiny percentage of services suffered disruption to … Continue reading

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

Buried in an Ahram Online story about Egypt’s efforts to develop the restless northern Sinai region is a testament to the nation’s insistence on shared identity. Terrorism in the region has killed Muslim and Christian alike. Part of the problem, analysts say, is that Sinai has been long neglected. Isolated from the Egyptian mainland, tribal … Continue reading

The Public Spectacle of a Slain Coptic Priest

The Public Spectacle of a Slain Coptic Priest

This article was first published at World Watch Monitor. The images are horrific. Fr. Samaan Shehata, a 45-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest lay dead on the ground, stabbed and beaten by a young man wielding a meat cleaver. Blood dripped down his face into his long, black beard. Dirt discolored his flowing, black robe. His cross … Continue reading

“Why Call for Having a Church Now?”

“Why Call for Having a Church Now?”

From Open Democracy, a translation of local sheikhs in Upper Egypt who led a campaign against the construction of a church in their village. In late February 2017, a major international conference hosted by Al-Azhar concluded with the issuance of an important declaration affirming Muslim and Christian religious institutions’ commitment to the principle of equal … Continue reading

An Eye on Egypt after the Palm Sunday Bombings

An Eye on Egypt after the Palm Sunday Bombings

This article was first published at Providence Magazine. Episode one. “They are just following the teachings of their book, and the example of their prophet,” said a Coptic friend following the twin church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, killing dozens. I refrained from rolling my eyes, as this was a moment for … 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

‘Fight Club’ and Egyptian Sectarianism

‘Fight Club’ and Egyptian Sectarianism

From the blog Tabula Sara, her conclusion: The first rule of sectarianism: you do not talk about sectarianism. In most of my writings I seek to counter inflammatory headlines about Coptic persecution. There is almost always an initial incident stemming from ordinary community disputes, of which a Christian can be at fault as easily as … Continue reading