daniel nour

Here Here come the Habibs too much for white TV?

In Arab world, Community, Political, TV on January 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

Have you heard of Channel 9‘s new TV comedy “Here come the Habibs?” Some people say it’s a stereotypically racist depiction of Arabs on Aussie TV. Here’s what I think! ‪#‎herecomethehabibs‬ ‪#‎robshehadie‬

Christian Egypt

In egypt on July 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Egyptians are a deeply religious people.

The  Coptic spirituality, the monastic tradition which helped the country retain its unique Egyptian cultural identity throughout Roman dominion, is central to the country’s history.

The photographs below, taken at various monasteries and churches throughout Upper Egypt, help illuminate the importance of Egypt to Christianity. Egypt has been called “the Second Jerusalem” because of its significance as the dwelling place of Christ and the Holy Family for three years.

Still shot of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Zeitoun church, Cairo, in the 50’s.

Papal residence in West Asyout.

Transcedental beauty of a Cathedral in West Asyout.

Sanctum erected in West Asyout to commemorate former home of the Holy Family.

Monastery of St Paul the first Hermit, at the Red Sea Mountains.

Its wall paintings date from 1700 AD

It is also said to have been a resting place for the prophetess Miriam during the Exodus from Egypt.


Egypt under fire

In egypt on July 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm

It’s my second week I’m Egypt, and along with the sweltering heat, the country has also weathered some major social and political fires.

Driving past the suburb of  New Cairo, Misr El Gedeeda, last week, I saw the wreckage from the car bomb which killed Egypt’s public prosecutor Hisham Barakat. The explosion was so powerful that it blew out the first floor of the building above it. Yet, in clasically Egyptian fashion, a quick thinking businessman didn’t fail to leave their ‘scrap metal collection’ sticker on the wreckage, shown below. Equally unphased were police authorities, who have simply left the crime scene as it is, for all to see.

EgyptianStreets.com reports that President Sisi has promised “rapid justice” and amendments to the Country’s Criminal Laws, following the attacks. This  implies harsher punishment of the Muslim Brotherhood.

To Upper Egypt now, where I’m teaching children English as part of the Coptic Orphans programme. Here, I’m beguiled by the endless, sometimes overwhelming chanting of the Muazzin. His prayers emanate from two or sometimes three gaudy Minarets, decorated with electric lights. There are two mosques here in Dar Al Barsha, a small village in El Minia province, within a mere block from each other.

The Coptic a Orthodox masses here are long, loud and multi-sensory: the churches, which are named after St George or the Blessed Virgin, serve as central hubs for the village.

Rows of Fellahin in their long flowing gallabeyas, sit unmoving, almost like statues, throughout the services. In the incredible heat, women sit cross legged on the floor in the corridors of the church.  The sense of community is palpable.

All in all, it’s hot in more than one way in Egypt.

Follow my Egyptian travels on Twitter at daniel_nour.



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