More than 10 days ago, (8 August 2014) YCSD has implemented a special meeting aiming to break a wall of stereotypes on Cairo (Egypt). This Great city used to be an intercultural citadel in the area of North Africa and the Middle East, and nowadays, it is a symbol of socio-political instability, violence and horrific dispersal of demonstrations, as well as sit-ins (2013).
This meeting aimed to describe a scope of modern popular ideas about Cairo as a city on the world map in the context of Islamic culture. It has been proven that the majority of people do not have any appropriate conception due to their low-grounded stereotypes regarding Islamic traditions, Copts and Muslims co-existence, overall, about history of Egypt itself (excluding some well-known facts about Ancient Egypt).
The presentation on Cairo was based on the city’s development through the last centuries. Also, the goal was to demonstrate Cairo’s graph, its amplitudes and historical fluctuations that affected the city. The people of Cairo, their habits and daily routine were the main point of the presentation. It consisted of some teasers – “The Square”, “Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo” – that have caught all the audience’s hearts. It has been done specifically to touch sensitive issues of inter-religious and inter-faith interaction, as well as to establish a base of intercultural dialogue on Cairo as a positive cultural symbol.