Coptic Christians http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19420/all en Progress in Arab world doesn't include religious tolerance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110310/coptic-christians-egypt-religious-tolerance <p> It is sad to see, in the second Arab Awakening, that the struggle has not brought Christians and Muslims together.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110310/coptic-christians-egypt-religious-tolerance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columnists Coptic Christians Egypt World Religion Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:51:01 +0000 HDS Greenway 5629822 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt: Islamists protest election of Coptic Christian governor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/110419/egypt-islamists-protest-christian-governor-qena <p> The protesters in the southern city of Qena say the new governor will not properly implement Shariah or Islamic law.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/110419/egypt-islamists-protest-christian-governor-qena" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coptic Christians Egypt Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:03:00 +0000 News Desk 5638718 at http://www.globalpost.com Bearded Mickey Mouse cartoon stirs anger in Egypt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/egypt-muslim-christian-twitter-mickey-mouse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian and one of Egypt's richest men, has apologized for tweeting cartoons of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in conservative Muslim attire. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Egyptian telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris has come under fire for tweeting cartoons of Mickey Mouse in a conservative Islamic beard and <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13944231">Minnie Mouse in a face veil</a>.</p> <p> Sawiris, who is a Coptic Christian and one of the country&rsquo;s richest men, had re-posted the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hmj7ySNw4D3O0PA_cHFRafYuVvdg?docId=d2efb87c676d4a82a1b367c920a5946f">Mickey Mouse cartoons</a> on Twitter.</p> <p> The images show Mickey Mouse with a full beard and wearing a traditional Arabic robe. Minnie Mouse is wearing a niqab &mdash; a full-body veil &mdash; with just her eyes visible. She is identifiable by her large ears and hair ribbon.</p> <p> The images were already circulating online before Sawiris re-posted them.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8602545/Mickey-Mouse-with-beard-cartoon-enrages-Egypts-Muslims.html">Sawiris apologized on Twitter</a> for tweeting the cartoon and said he meant no offence.</p> <p> &quot;I apologize for those who don&#39;t take this as a joke, I just thought it was a funny picture; no disrespect meant. I am sorry,&quot; he tweeted.</p> <p> Ultraconservative Islamists in Egypt, known as Salafis, called the cartoon posted by Sawiris on Twitter a mockery of Islam.</p> <p> More than 60,000 people have joined Facebook groups condemning him. One of the Facebook groups is named &quot;We hate you Mickey Sawiris,&quot; and depicts Sawiris as Mickey Mouse. The group&#39;s motto is: &quot;No to mockery of Islam.&quot;</p> <p> Lawyers from the Salafi movement, which is a purist Islamic sect, have filed a formal complaint against him, and there are calls for a boycott of his businesses, including his telecom company Orascom, which owns Egypt&rsquo;s largest cell phone company, Mobinil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/egypt-muslim-christian-twitter-mickey-mouse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coptic Christians Egypt Facebook Islam Twitter World Religion Weird Wide Web Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:07:00 +0000 News Desk 5661225 at http://www.globalpost.com Funeral of Pope Shenouda III, leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians, held in Cairo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120320/pope-shenouda-iii-funeral-cairo-egypt-coptic-christians The funeral of Pope Shenouda III, spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians, was held today in Cairo.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120320/pope-shenouda-iii-funeral-cairo-egypt-coptic-christians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coptic Christians Egypt World Religion Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:54:00 +0000 News Desk 5696840 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt: For Coptic Christians, Christmas comes with fear this year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/130107/coptic-christmas-cairo-muslim-brotherhood-sectarian-violence <p>IMBABA and SANHOUR, Egypt &mdash; Salah Aziz didn&#39;t get to celebrate Christmas this year. Last April, extreme Salafi Islamists slit Aziz&rsquo;s throat and set his body alight along with the St. Mary&rsquo;s Church he guarded in this historically volatile Cairo neighborhood, church officials said. The brutal act was evidence of the Coptic Orthodox Christian minority&#39;s increasingly precarious place in Egyptian society.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/130107/coptic-christmas-cairo-muslim-brotherhood-sectarian-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coptic Christians Egypt Politics World Religion Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:16 +0000 Erin Cunningham 5731377 at http://www.globalpost.com