Over 100 Coptic Christians were killed in 2017 in a wave of deadly attacks by militants belonging to, or inspired by, the Islamic State group, which has vowed to “wipe them out”. Egypt’s Copts, who account for around 10 per cent of the population, were also targeted in 2013, after they were perceived as supporting the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. Scores of churches across the country were attacked and burned.

 

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Voices from the revolution

Voices from the revolution

Who stole Egypt? The answer depends on who you ask among the thousands of Egyptians who have swarmed the streets across the country since Sunday (June 30), either to force President Mohamed Morsi out of office, or to support him. “Now we’re seeing the revolution being threatened,” a member of […]

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Egyptian blasphemy case ‘bodes ill’

Christian teacher Dimyana Obeid Abd Al-Nour has been fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,000) for defaming Islam and insulting Prophet Mohammed, which is prohibited in Article 44 of the Egyptian constitution. The 24-year-old will now face compensation claims at a civil court following the conclusion of the criminal trial in Luxor […]

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Egypt is at a crossroads, says Coptic Bishop

Egypt is at a crossroads, says Coptic Bishop

A “big force” is pushing Egypt towards greater conservatism and religious extremism, according to Bishop Thomas of the El-Qussia and Mair Diocese in Upper Egypt. However, he said he still believes Egypt can enjoy transformation of a different kind – towards true democracy, gender equality and religious tolerance. The Bishop, […]

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‘Egypt’s challenge’

Two years on from the revolution in Egypt, the country’s media is still wrestling with its newfound ‘freedom of speech’. BBC World Service reporter Shaimaa Khalil says the country is “polarised between the Islamists and the liberals, with little common ground”. Related Articles:6 years on: what has the Arab Spring […]

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Egyptian church burned

Officially, no cause has been determined for the Sunday fire that caused extensive destruction to the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary in Tema, Egypt. Unofficially, suspicion has fallen upon Muslims who, according to Mideast Christian News, distributed a leaflet in December with this warning: “To the Crusaders of Tema and sons of […]

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The politics of violence

Ahmed Zaki Osman has a piece posted at the Egypt Independent in which he views the violence against Egypt’s Copts during the past century through the prism of politics involving Egypt’s rulers and the coutnry’s Islamic blocs, with Christians as pawns. Osman’s timeline stretches back to the early days of the republic, following the sunset of […]

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Words nice; action better

Via BBC “We need action not only words,” Pope Tawadros II, leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, told the private ONTV channel this week. The words came from President Mohammed Morsi, who telephoned Tawadros after Sunday’s attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral, where two people were killed by a mob. Morsi denounced […]

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