The encroachment of Christmas in Cairo? Dan Murphy shares his experience in this piece in the CSM. It is both eye-opening and rather amusing. Though this should come as no surprise to those living and travelling in the Muslim world. In Islamabad, Pakistan the local McDonald’s was celebrating Halloween a couple years ago and Valentine’s Day is quickly becoming the norm nationwide. To quote Faraz Rabbani: “Merry Merry.”
This is home to the great scholars of Al Azhar University, and the chauvinist ideology of Sayyid Qutb. Yet, remarkably, there seems to be more controversy in Washington over the devoutly Christian President Bush sending out a million cards wishing friends and supporters a joyous “Holiday Season,” than there is over the spread of all things Christmas here in Cairo.