|A young Egyptian studies the Koran, Islam’s holy book. Islam is not only Egypt’s dominant religion but an all-embracing way of life. Egyptian Muslims comprise 90 percent of the nation’s more than 76 million people. Photo by Warren F. Johnson |
CAIRO, Egypt (BP)--Next time you think of Egypt, don’t think about King Tut and the pyramids. Instead, imagine you are:
-- A university student, one of more than 2 million in Cairo alone. You’re intelligent and ambitious, but what’s the point of studying hard with so many graduates competing for so few career opportunities? So you hang out late in coffee shops with your friends.
|Descendants of the ancient Egyptians, the Copts embraced Christianity during the early centuries of the church. At least 8 million strong, they remain the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. Many, however, believe they are assured of eternity with God because of their religious heritage, rather than salvation by faith. Photo by Warren F. Johnson |
Last year you saw “The Passion of The Christ” when it played in local theaters. You’ve also heard about Jesus on satellite TV and the Internet. You want to know more, but whom do you ask?
-- A Bedouin shepherd from the Sinai. Proud of your identity as a true Arab and “defender of Islam,” you’ve been pushed out of your tribe’s traditional desert home by development and tourism. Now you scrabble for a living in a grimy suburb on the edge of Alexandria. At night you look out into the silent desert, wondering if your children will ever return there. Read More