Muslims, Christians Clash in Southern Egypt Over Picture of Mohammed on Facebook

Around 200 Coptic Christians and Muslims
clashed in a southern Egyptian province after a drawing depicting the
Prophet Muhammad was posted on a local Christian student’s Facebook
page.


Troops sealed off
several flashpoint villages after angry residents in the province of
Assiut, 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of Cairo, burnt seven Coptic
homes in reaction to the drawing.

Muslims
generally oppose any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear
it could lead to idolatry. This particular drawing depicted four women
asking the prophet’s hand in marriage.

The strife began late Thursday when four homes belonging to relatives of the Coptic student were burned.

Villagers
burned another three homes belonging to Copts in nearby villages on
Friday. Copts comprise around 10 percent of Egypt’s population.