Published on April 22nd, 2004
In area, Egypt is larger than Texas and smaller than Alaska.
Arabic, English, French
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2 p.m. in Egypt.
Falafel is a food made of mashed chickpeas or beans shaped into patties. McDonald’s restaurants in Egypt serve falafel in a sandwich. They call it the McFalafel.
Egypt had a strong civilization even in the time of the Old Testament. After Christ, it became a mostly Christian country. Arabs arrived in the seventh century, bringing the Arabic language and the Muslim religion with them.
Today more than 85 percent of the people in Egypt are Muslim.
Christianity is allowed, but Christians do not always have an easy time practicing their faith. They are often treated unfairly by teachers, police officers, and bosses. Muslims sometimes object to having churches built in their communities.
By law, Christian men may not marry Muslim women. Sometimes Christian men, women, and children are kidnapped by radical Muslims. Muslims who leave Islam to follow Christ suffer serious persecution.