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She includes many interesting vignettes of life in Egypt, but her primary concern there and probably in writing the book too, was to show that Muslims and Christians have more in common than they think, and that we all have similiar blind spots about each other. Sep 06, Kipahni rated it it was amazing Shelves: books. I love this book if only for the fact that it made me realize i wasn't crazy! That it wasn't an issue of personailty clashes but that it was truely a cultural problem.
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She points out the conflict and tangled relationship between the christians and muslims, and the personal conflicts of arab and western society. Apr 16, Regina Lucas rated it really liked it. Very, very interesting and enlightening look at life in the Islamic world of Egypt after Sept 11 from the viewpoint of an American woman living there with her family. A heartwarming story of what it means to have an open heart and compassionate soul.
Made me realize how ridiculous it is to try and impose our Western ways on the Middle East. Jan 25, Esther added it.
Interesting the families goal for living among conservative Muslims was to bring together Christians and Muslims. A chapter on female circumcision make this book not good for young children. Jan 20, Carol rated it really liked it.
A New Crisis for Egypt’s Copts
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Books by Jennifer Drago. Trivia About A Thousand and On Read More. See details. Sold by thrift. Be the first to write a review About this product. New other : lowest price. About this product Product Information Jennifer Drago and her family heard a radical call, one that would uproot them from their life and work with refugees in the United States and plant them among conservative Muslims in Egypt. Jennifer recounts the challenges and rewards of this eye-opening journey. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less.
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Pre-owned Pre-owned. No ratings or reviews yet. Be the first to write a review. Best Selling in Nonfiction See all. No senior army, police or Government official of any consequence is a Copt. In Parliament, representation of Copts, which peaked at 10 percent in the 's, is down to less than 1 percent, a handful of token appointments made by the President. Part of their trouble, some Copts say, is that their church has turned inward under its present leadership, encouraging the faithful to embrace a posture of patience and prayer instead of social and political activism.
Magdi Mehani, a manager for the association in El Minya, said: "What we need here is to find a way to resume the dialogue with Muslims, a peaceful offensive if you will, to break this violent atmosphere. We must save Egypt from extremism. As Copts we must break the isolation being imposed on us.
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Many Copts, perhaps half a million in the last 10 years, have simply left. They include a large number of university professors, professionals and wealthy businessmen.
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From their diaspora in places like the United States and Canada, some are trying to call the world's attention to the Coptic plight while pressing the Coptic Church to be more active. The Coptic Church leadership rejects a confrontational approach, arguing that while these are indeed hard times for Christian Arabs they are not the hardest. The facts are that all the Copts can do is hunker down in bad times and wait until the oppression lifts. While the Administration of President Mubarak is largely secularist and liberal, it has shown increasing deference to Islamic fundamentalists since its beginnings in October , granting many hard-liners space in the official press and yielding to fundamentalist edicts and practices in schools, public administration and business.
Coptic critics say the Government has at the same time gone out of its way to limit various aspects of Christian culture and practices.
According to Government figures, for example, about , unauthorized mosques and Muslim places of prayer have been built in the last 10 years by Muslims, including militants who control many of these gathering places. In that period, using laws dating from the Ottoman Empire, the Government has consistently denied permission for the construction of more than a handful of churches or the repair of most. Government officials, who reject talk of an official policy of discrimination against Christians, say that these developments reflect the fierce winds of fundamentalism blowing throughout the region and fanned by militant Muslim nations like Iran and the Sudan in the last two years.
But Mr. Beltagui and other senior Government officials also assert that change is on the way. Beltagui said. But for Christians in Egypt, life under siege goes on. Merim, a maid in a Cairo household with a tattooed green cross on her wrist and chin, as is customary with many Christians from Egypt's deep south, received her "slap of the day," as she put it, on the bus ride home on a recent evening. A man who got up from his seat barred her from taking it. Please upgrade your browser. See next articles. View page in TimesMachine.
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