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Christians at the Cairo International Book Fair

The 46th Cairo International Book Fair is coming to a close on February 12, and I enjoyed strolling through the hundreds of booths selling mostly Arabic books from around the world. The guest of honor this year is Saudi Arabia, but prominent also in a central location are more than a dozen Christian publishing booths selling their products freely.

This is not a surprise. Each is registered with the Egyptian Publishing Union and they have long had a presence at the fair. But this images to follow may not be familiar to many readers who assume either one of these two common perceptions.

First, that Christians are persecuted by a majority Muslim country. Second, that censorship is rampant as the government clamps down on alternate voices.

Both of these perceptions deserve their own comment, but here take a moment to see the diversity of Christian representation. Around two million people frequent the book fair over a two week period, browsing the marketplace as they see fit.

The Bible Society of Egypt
The Bible Society of Egypt
Local distributors of the Jesus Film
Local distributors of the Jesus Film
Seventh Day Adventists
Seventh Day Adventists
Local distributors of Focus on the Family and other products
Eagles, local distributors of Focus on the Family and other products
Culture House, the leading evangelical publishing house in Egypt
Culture House, the leading evangelical publisher in Egypt
The Brethren Publishing House
The Brethren Publishing House
Prepare the Way, a semi-Catholic but ecumenical publishing house
Prepare the Way, a semi-Catholic but ecumenical publishing house
Panarion, publishing works of the early Egyptian church fathers
Panarion, publishing works of the early Egyptian church fathers
The Antioch Orthodox Publishing house, visiting from Syria
The Antioch Orthodox Publishing house, visiting from Syria
The Anglican Publishing House of Egypt
The Episcopal Publishing House of Egypt
Family Publishers
Family Publishers
True Vine Publishers
True Vine Publishers

I am hopeful a full article about the Christian presence at the book fair will soon follow. Please stay tuned.

Update: The article was tied into the story about the 21 Christians killed by the Islamic State, and How Libya’s Martyrs are Witnessing to Egypt.

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