Tagged with Upper Egypt

Healing Grace for Upper Egypt

Healing Grace for Upper Egypt

Umm Peter stood with dignity in the corner of her simple, cinderblock home. With an appearance weathered over the years, in grandmotherly fashion she spoke of the men of the village and the difficulties of life. Half, she estimated, work in the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh or Hurghada. There is little opportunity in … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

God, After a few days the spirit risks becoming calloused. One more tragedy amid a litany of offense. But the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya might strike a nerve that runs deeper. It might awaken a nation to danger, or deaden further a decayed humanity. For some, God, are blaming the victim. There … Continue reading

An Anecdote on Christian Kidnapping

From Slate, a unique first-person account of travels to Upper Egypt, to witness the alleged surge in weapons trading. The journalists find a sleepy town filled with older arms models, feuding families, and unengaged police, but little evidence of proliferation. But they do encounter a local thug: A man in a karakul hat—a favorite with … Continue reading

How Salafis Supported the Constitution in Upper Egypt

How Salafis Supported the Constitution in Upper Egypt

Post-Morsi, some say, the Salafi Nour Party was pushed into a corner. Others say they played their cards perfectly. In any case they supported the 2014 constitution despite its removal of religious provisions they largely orchestrated only two years earlier. While the Muslim Brotherhood and most other non-Nour Salafis railed against what they called the … Continue reading

Churches Burn, Christians Sing

This video – with transliterated subtitles – was produced by a church choir in Minya, Upper Egypt, a region which witnessed several severe church burnings. They stand within one church’s charred remains, and sing about love and forgiveness. May they truly live these words. Many Christians have spoken that if these heinous attacks are the … Continue reading

A Bobby Riggs – Billie Jean King Moment in Egypt

A Bobby Riggs – Billie Jean King Moment in Egypt

From Ahram Online, reporting on an friendly ‘Battle of the Sexes’ soccer game in Luxor: The Egyptian women’s youth team has defeated a men’s team in a friendly match in Luxor. The women beat Al-Madina Al-Monawara, an under-17 team, 5-3 on Wednesday. The woman’s team was also under 17, so while it was a game … Continue reading

The Shape of ‘Terrorism’ Outside Cairo

Following on the heels of Morsi’s trial, it is difficult to see how the Muslim Brotherhood is called a terrorist organization from within the urban settings of Cairo. But this article from the Daily Beast describes the embattled position of police elsewhere: “We never imagined that the violence could reach this point,” said Qadry Said … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

God, The official space has been claimed. First, in response to massive protests the military removed Morsi from power and installed a transitional civilian government. Second, they closed down media sympathetic to a Brotherhood viewpoint. Third, they removed the standing pro-Morsi protests with much resulting bloodshed. And fourth, they jailed many Islamist leaders who stand … Continue reading

More Brotherhood Doublespeak

From the Atlantic Council, following the Muslim Brotherhood’s English and Arabic discourse on Dalga, an Upper Egyptian village seized by Islamists and recently recovered by the security forces: The Muslim Brotherhood has been quick to roll the Dalga raid into an on-going crackdown on the organization and its supporters, but has once again offered different … Continue reading

Copts Unite with Muslims after Islamist Attacks

From Egyptian Streets, elaborating on how Bishop Thomas defended his church in Upper Egypt, which I briefly mentioned in this report: “We learned that extremists were going to attack us with machine guns, but we did not prepare ourselves for the attack with weapons. We did something simple,” says Bishop Thomas, about that day he … Continue reading

In South Egypt, Islamists Take Over a Town

Here in Maadi, Cairo, life goes on as normal amid the political instability. This town in Minya is not so fortunate. From the AP: A town of some 120,000 — including 20,000 Christians — Dalga has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Upper Egypt

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Upper Egypt

God, All too often Upper Egypt is neglected, unless there are problems. Then, they must be extraordinary and embarrassing; normal problems go unheeded and have for decades. Almost by nature, farmers do not agitate, and this nature has permeated much of the region’s character. But is Upper Egypt the frog that boils heedlessly or the … Continue reading

Upper Egypt Imam Confronts Conversion

From Ahram Online, following up on a story in which Muslims surrounded a church in Kom Ombo, Aswan, to demand the release of a local woman they believed was held against her will, forced to convert to Christianity: A sheikh addressed a crowd of men in Kom Ombo to explain the events and dispel any … Continue reading

Copts Protest to Deter Aggressors in Upper Egypt

From MidEast Christian News (behind paywall): Dozens of Copts assembled in front of the governorate building, over incidents such as these: Adel Wadie Fahmi said his house was seized by eight thugs, who forged contracts to prove ownership of the house land, and asked him to pay two million Egyptian pounds, roughly 300,000 USD, to … Continue reading

Young People in Upper Egypt

From the World Bank: This study was published about five months ago; I came across it now. Very interesting statistics: While the great stretch of land from south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo to Lake Nasser on the border with Sudan, the area known as Upper Egypt, has only 40 percent of the country’s population, … Continue reading