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"One God, Three Religions" inaugurated at the Egyptian Museum

A temporary exhibition depicting religious tolerance in Egypt since the early ages has been inaugurated at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 16 May 2015
Painted relief depicting Jesus
Painted relief depicting Jesus
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Entitled "One God, Three Religions," a temporary exhibition opens its doors to visitors at the Egyptian Museum for three months.

Some 48 artefacts, carefully selected from five museums in Egypt (the Graeco-Roman Museum, the Museum of Islamic Arts, the Alexandria National Museum, the Coptic Museum and the Egyptian Museum), are on display.

The artefacts highlight the principle of religious tolerance that characterised life in Egypt since the early ages, showing how Egyptians of different eras believed in living together in peace.

Islamic wooden treasury box
Islamic wooden treasury box inlaid with gold

Director General of the Egyptian Museum Mahmoud Alhalwagy told Ahram Online that among the most important artefacts on display are reliefs depicting Ibrahim, the father of all prophets, and those showing religious tolerance in Islam.

A document of the Prophet Mohamed's deed explaining how to deal with people from other religious faiths through applying the principal of religious tolerance is also exhibited.

Metal pots and pans decorated with Fatimid era religious celebrations and others depicting Jesus are also found. Videos, documentaries and lectures on religious tolerance are to be provided for exhibition visitors.

the lid of a pot
the lid of a pot

Director of the Berlin Museum Friedrikie Seyfried, who attended the opening, is enthusiastic and told Ahram Online that she is happy that such an exhibition was inaugurated in Egypt.

A month ago similar exhibition was opened in Berlin, which highlights cooperation between the Egyptian Museum and the Berlin Museum.

"The exhibition is sending a very important message to the whole world that Egypt is — and continues to be — the Cradle of Civilisation, before and after Islam," Seyfried told Ahram Online.

Seyfried said that the exhibition expresses well peaceful coexistence among the three religions, which started in the Roman period and continued through the Middle Ages.

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Sam Enslow
17-05-2015 12:02pm
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Traveling Exhibit
It would he good if this were made a traveling exhibit visiting Minya, Luxor, Aswan as well as other cities. Egypt is not Cairo any more than the US is New York City. Special efforts should be made to get children to see it. It would be very good if the people saw their clerics visiting the exhibit together. The sectarian divides in Egypt can best be healed by local clerics working, and being seen working, together to stop the hatred in the name of God.
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Sam Enslow
17-05-2015 12:02pm
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Traveling Exhibit
It would he good if this were made a traveling exhibit visiting Minya, Luxor, Aswan as well as other cities. Egypt is not Cairo any more than the US is New York City. Special efforts should be made to get children to see it. It would be very good if the people saw their clerics visiting the exhibit together. The sectarian divides in Egypt can best be healed by local clerics working, and being seen working, together to stop the hatred in the name of God.
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Colbert
18-05-2015 01:37am
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Expat, Sometimes it seems like you give your PC to your 5-year old child and let him puke over it! Or perhaps the bottle gets the best of you on Sundays!!
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17-05-2015 09:11pm
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three names...
Jahe for the jews, god for the christians, allah(moon god of BC-Islam in mekkha) for muslims...this whole idea is nonsense,just compare the messages of the three religions,its clear,the last "prophet" just copy-pasted,what he needed,but didnt understand zero of the meanings
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George Nessim
16-05-2015 09:27pm
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Brilliant idea! Badly needed in an era of intolerance and hatred which have become epidemics in our society. It is about time for our citizens to understand the unique and glorious Egyptian history without distortion or false claims of heroism. Keep politics out of it. If someone claims to be religious let him pratice what he preaches and accept his fellow citizen the way he or she is regardless to his or her religion or personal beliefs.
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Neo
16-05-2015 07:29pm
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Excellent, why temporary?
Great initiative and exhibit. It should be the RELIGIOUS IDENTITY of Egypt permanently not temporary. Let’s not forget that the 3 major religions had crossed the land of Egypt in one era or another, and what a better way to evolve our faith into a more tolerant identity. If any country on earth can legitimately claim this position it should Egypt. If we start to champion this cause many of our social and economic challenges would have better outcome.
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