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November 13, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - A Day in the Life of a Coptic Monk

A brief summary of Coptic Christianity and a visit to two Coptic monasteries and talks with Coptic monks.

In this dispatch Abeja visits and talks with people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to their religious faith. Truly, this is more than a simple profession. Do your students know anyone in their hometown, a priest, a rabbi, a monk, a nun, etc. who has chosen their faith as their profession. How does their daily life compare to the daily life of the Coptic monks?

Jasmine - Coptic Cairo
Kid's version available

footsteps of Jesus Christ in ancient Babylon, known today as Coptic Cairo.

With your students, review the stories of the life of Jesus that Jasmine refers to in this dispatch: the story of Jesus' betrayal by Judas, the story of the holy family fleeing from Herod, etc.

Kavitha - Egyptian Dynasty Part II

Kaivtha relates Egyptian history as a soap opera summary. It's the reign of Cleopatra, but her dynasty is threatened by the Romans! Armies advance, plots are set in motion, and Mark Antony battles Octavian.

Cleopatra is one of the most famous female rulers of all time. Indeed, her life has been turned into a legend, and reads almost like a fairy tale or soap opera . Can your students think of any other famous female rulers whose lives have become legends?

Monica - Meeting of the Minds: The Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization (AAPSO)

Monica reports on the Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization (AAPSO), a group based in Cairo that seeks to bring together African and Asian cultures. Includes information on the inequality of women, the Bandung Principles, peaceful coexistence, consumerism, and cultural sensitivity.

Monica discusses the insight that can be gained from cross cultural communication and perspective. It can bring to light both the good things and the bad things about different cultures. This intercultural exchange is the goal of AAPSO and it also happens to be one of the main goals of the Odyssey World Trek website. Discuss what can be gained by sharing ideas between different nations, cultures and societies.

Monica - Alexandria, Egypt: City of Legend

Monica dramatizes the history of Alexandria, Egypt. She discusses Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, and then more briefly summarizes the rest of the city's history, including its Christian period under St. Mark the Evangelist, Napoleon, and Mohammed Ali.

Choose one of the legends of Alexandria and discuss it in depth.

Monica - The Liberation of Women

Monica describes a conference on "The Liberation of Women" held in Cairo. She discusses women's rights issues pertaining to the Middle East. She describes Middle Eastern women who are leaders in studying and changing laws, and talks about how women have pulled together to address legal and social issues regarding the status of women.

Not long ago, women didn't have nearly the same rights and privileges as menů they couldn't even vote. But these day things have started to change. Discuss the movement towards increasing empowerment for women.

 
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