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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Egyptian ‘defamation’ verdict due

The trial of an Egyptian Christian teacher accused of defaming Islam and insulting Prophet Mohammed is expected to conclude at a third hearing scheduled for June 11, reports Middle East Concern. Twenty-four-year-old Dimyana Obeid Abd Al-Nour was arrested on May 8 after accusations by the parents of three students at Sheikh […]

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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:Afghanistan overtakes N Korea as most dangerous place […]

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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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Egypt’s Christians, fearing instability, seek security elsewhere

Egypt’s Christians, fearing instability, seek security elsewhere

In downtown Cairo¬ mid-March, the multicolored pharaoh-motif tablecloths and dishtowels were missing from a fabric store once known for such items. The owner of the textile factory that produced them closed down and left Egypt soon after the country’s 2011 revolution. Assad Attiya, a clerk who has worked at the […]

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