Aladdin and the Future of Middle Eastern Christians

Movies and TV productions about the Middle East usually tend to be controversial, especially when made by Westerners. There is always the risk of wrongly portraying the region and the fear of recurring to the error of “orientalism,” as defined by Edward Said. Read...

Religious Freedom Week: The Persecution of Copts in Egypt

Last week, I attended the Coptic solidarity conference in Washington, D.C. The title of the two-day long conference was “Egypt’s Copts: Prospects of Equality in a Radicalized Society.” The conference was appropriately scheduled in time for this week, which is...

Persecution Of Christians In Egypt

On April 9, which was Palm Sunday and the start of the Holy Week, two Egyptian Coptic churches became a target for terrorists. At least 27 people were killed in the explosion at St. George’s Coptic church in Tanta and 17 people lost their lives in St Mark’s Coptic...

Of Copts And Their Language

It was an unexpected sight. During the African games in Cairo this week a stadium crowd displayed a banner, nearly 30 feet wide, in the red, white and black tricolors of the Egyptian flag. On each color band was the same message “We Love Egypt”. The messages were in...