As we have discovered, exorcisms as treatment are hot, hot, hot, not just for Catholics but for various religions. This piece in Time surprised me as the demons seem to respond stronger to calls for Jesus than Allah. So there.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians have been high in Egypt, ever since a military coup against the country’s first democratically elected Islamist President on 3 July unleashed a spasm of violence that saw churches burned, priests murdered and Christians threatened in hate speeches broadcast across the country. But there is at least one sphere of Egyptian contemporary life where interfaith cooperation perseveres, and that is at weekly exorcisms performed by one of the country’s most celebrated priests, Father Sama’an Ibrahim. He is one of the few priests in Egypt who can preform [sic] exorcisms — not even the Coptic Pope can — and his reputation for expelling demons of all kinds extends well beyond his Christian flock. Muslim Imams can do exorcisms as well, explains the woman, who declined to give her name, but her mother’s case required some extra muscle. “We went to a mosque first for healing, but the demons who harm her are more afraid of the Christian priest.”
The devil is given his usual raw deal here – being blamed for all the afflictions. And people react in the stereotypical way, screaming and writhing and stuff. But the interesting aspect of the story is this example of interfaith cooperation in the exorcism service. The devil brings people together, it seems.