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Fayum Mummy Portraits, dating from around 30 BC to the mid 3rd century AD. 

The portrait heads were attached to Egyptian mummies of the Roman period, covering the faces of the deceased In the top pictures, you can see now they were bound to the mummy. Dating from the time of the Roman occupation of Egypt, they are closest to Graeco-Roman artistic traditions. Around 900 are known to survive and they are some of the only surviving evidence of Classical panel painting traditions. Due to their burial in hot, dry conditions with the bodies, many have survived in excellent condition. 

The term Fayum comes from an area of graveyards (necropoli) where they were found in large numbers, buried in communal catacombs. 

Painted on wooden board (and sometimes on cloth), either in encaustic (wax) or egg tempera. 

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In Egypt, 3 Muslim female police officers died protecting Christians in Palm Sunday attack

  • In Egypt, three Muslim female police officers — Nagwa El-Haggar, Asmaa Hussein and Omneya Roshdy — are being hailed as heroes for attempting to save the lives of Coptic Christians targeted in two attacks that took place on Palm Sunday.
  • El-Haggar, a brigadier general for the Egyptian police force, died while in the line of duty at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. She was 53.
  • The attack at St. Mark’s killed at least 17 people and injured 48 others; the suicide bombings took place right outside the main gates of the cathedral. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. El-Haggar was conducting inspections for people entering the church. The bomb detonated when she rushed to the aid of her male co-workers after noticing they had trouble with the suspect, Arab News reported.
  • On Twitter, Council of Arab-British Understanding’s Joseph Willits tweeted photos of El-Haggar, including one taken minutes before the attack. Read more. (4/10/2017 8:34 PM)

“Lesbian invisibility does have some advantages. In the big cities of Egypt, two women living together as ‘flatmates’ would not arouse much curiosity, Laila said - though that would depend to some extent on their choice of district.

Neighbours would first of all want to establish whether they were prostitutes and would probably quiz the bawwab, the doorman who watches all comings and goings in Egyptian blocks of flats. If satisfied on that count, they might then imagine other explanations for the girls’ presence – quarrels with parents, etc.

‘They would think of anything else but lesbianism,’ Laila said. She recalled how much one lesbian couple had been adored by their landlady. ‘I wish all my tenants were like you,’ the landlady told them, suspecting nothing.”

Brian WhitakerUnspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East” (University of California Press, 2006)

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ISIS Attack in Egypt 26th May 2017: 28 people, including many children, were killed when masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians.

  • Ten masked gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians  in Egypt
  • At least 28 killed and more injured when attackers sprayed bullets at the convoy  
  • Worshipers were heading to St Samuel Monastery to pray when gunmen struck
  • Egyptian bombers have hit ‘terror training camps’ in Libya in retaliation
  • President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed Egypt will fight back against attacks
  • He also called for Donald Trump to take the lead in the fight against terror
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks on churches in Egypt

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