Photos showing a different image of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt from thatpresented in most media
- Electronic library on Muslim-Christian relations since 1997 – 28,000 articles and reports- Investigative reporting of hundreds of tensions – analyse patterns- Seeking peaceful solutionsFounded by:- Sawsan Gabra, Egyptian/Coptic Orthodox- Cornelis Hulsman, 35 years involved in sociological research and dialogue
Muslims solidarity with Christiansfollowing an attack – what do they do?Pray!
Muslim Brothers and sisters in Alexandriademonstrating in support of Christiansfollowing an attack on a church in March2011
New Year 2012 – Muslims mourning theattack on a church in Alexandria one yearearlier
March 18, 2012 – Muslims providing waterall day long to mourning Christians for thedeath of Pope Shenouda
Qufada: Father Yo’annis (caring for thepoor) and Salafi sheikh Hamdi (chairingreconcilliation meetings)
Example of church building after therevolution - (mis) use the weakness of thegovernment. Tens of new churches havebeen built
Egypt is a country full of problems BUTWhen you experience also this in Egypt canyou speak of persecution??My answer: a firm NO!But do Christians and Muslims in Egyptneed our help to overcome its currentdifficulties??My answer: a firm YES! But do this wisely!
Christian responses diverse:-Optimism, army even rebuildsdestroyed churches, end of censorship-Pessimism, fear for Islamists, mobs inthe streets Bishop Golta: be optimistic!! Support Egypt!!
What can we do in the West?- Study, see relations are neither black nor white- Do not blame Islam in general/ seek Muslim friends- Listen to Egyptians experienced in dialogue: - i.e. Bishop Qulta: religion but not spirituality,- Respect for Islam is NOT belief- Encourage EgyptiansPossible projects:- Publication on Muslim-Christian/Arab-West dialogue with Egyptian Muslim and Christian scholars participating- Early Warning and Early Response system to encourage civilians to act in an early stage against developments that could lead to violence. Always in cooperation with Egyptian authorities