Friday, December 10, 2004
Egyptian religious tensions have recently spiked over the alleged forced conversion to Islam of a small town priest's wife named Wafaa Constantine. There are always reports of such incidents circulating through Egypt, and many of them are probably true, though such compulsion is strictly forbidden in Islamic law. Gender probably played a role in this case, as well. The woman has now returned home, but the situation became critical when Coptic protestors holed up in a cathedral threw rocks and police which the police then threw back, leading some Copts to claim the authorities were using violence against their community.