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Friday, 1 August 2008

Some information about religions in modern Egypt

This is just where to find some information about the main religions of modern Egypt, especially some links to information on Coptic practices for those marrying into the Coptic faith.

Briefly abstracted from the following articles:

Islam In Egypt

The state religion of Egypt is Islam - mainly Sunni. Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the month of Ramadan (which is not a fixed time every year, this year for example it will be the whole of September (plus or minus a day or so depending on moon sightings).

An Overview of the Coptic Christians of Egypt

Christians constitute about 10% or so of the population - mainly Coptic Christians. Their history stems right back to early Christianity with ancient monasteries scattered around Egypt, and the presence of the Holy Family in Egypt.

Coptic Christians fast for 210 days a year which includes Wednesdays and Fridays of nearly every week plus several fasting periods around the major Christian festivals.

History of the Jews in Egypt

There are very few Jews now living in Egypt.

If you are marrying into the Coptic faith, then here is a very useful website giving details of the Coptic faith which you need to know.

Coptic Orthodox Church Network

Old Cairo

In Cairo itself, the area near the Mar Girgiz (Mar Girgis) metro station includes churches, mosque and synagogue which have all been restored (or are undergoing restoration). Just get on the metro at any station (ticket to anywhere currently 1LE), Mar Girgiz is on the southern leg of the El Marg - Helwan line, so change onto the Helwan-bound metroline at Mubarak or Sadat interchange stations if necessary. Get out of Mar Girgiz and you are right in the heart of the area - no need to take taxis or anything.

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