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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Egypt in the news on 10 September 2019

It’s another day of miscellany for Egypt in the foreign press, with a small handful of stories to keep on your radar this morning.

Interfaith dialogue: The Abrahamic Teams — a German initiative whereby groups (each one made up of a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew) approach people at schools or events to instigate an interfaith dialogue — is now being implemented in Egypt. But despite good intentions, and the participation of some 60 church schools, interest among Egypt’s state schools and the Coptic Orthodox Church in particular remain low, and encouraging people of different religious denominations to engage in faith discussions is a slow process, Qantara reports.

Other headlines to give a skim:

  • Silence among the Sufis: The absence of opposition to the recent demolition of a Sufi mosque in Alexandria suggests the community is putting political expediency above its reverence for shrines, Al Monitor argues.
  • Egypt’s involvement in Libya: Egypt has played a key role in mobilizing support for Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar for both economic and security reasons, says an opinion piece in DC-based weblog LobeLog.
  • A “rare debate” about the military’s economic influence has been sparked by critical videos posted online by construction contractor Mohamed Aly, which have since gone viral, says AFP.

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