The Coptic Question in the Mubarak Era

Hardcover | May 15, 2014

bySebastian Elsasser

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Egypt's Christians, the Copts, are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. While they have always been considered an integral component of the Egyptian nation, their precise status within Egyptian politics and society has been subject to ongoing debates from the Twentieth Centuryto present day. Part of the legacy of the Mubarak era (1980-2011) in Egypt is the unsettled state of Muslim-Christian relations and the increasing volatility of sectarian tensions, which also overshadowed the first years of the post-Mubarak period. The Coptic Question in the Mubarak Era delves into the discourses that dominated public debates and the political agenda-setting during the Mubarak era, explaining why politicians and the public in Egypt have had such enormous difficulties in recognizing the real roots of sectarian strife. This"Coptic question" is a complex set of issues, ranging from the petty struggles of daily Egyptian life in a bi-religious society to intricate legal and constitutional questions (family law, conversion, and church-building), to the issue of the political participation of the Coptic minority. Throughthese subjects, the book explores a larger debate about Egyptian national identity. With special attention paid to the neglected diversity of voices within the Coptic community, The Coptic Question in the Mubarak Era uncovers the historical layers of the situation to provide a comprehensive analysisof the political and social underpinnings of this timely issue.

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Egypt's Christians, the Copts, are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. While they have always been considered an integral component of the Egyptian nation, their precise status within Egyptian politics and society has been subject to ongoing debates from the Twentieth Centuryto present day. Part of the legacy of the Mub...

Sebastian Elsasser is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat Kiel, Germany.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199368392

ISBN - 13:9780199368396

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Emergence of a 'Coptic Question' (1800-1952)2. The Rise of Religious Revivalisms (1930-today)3. The Copts and the Republican Regime (1952-2011)4. National Unity and the Dilemmas of Identity and History5. Religious Patriotism and Conciliation6. Human Rights and Citizenship: The Blocked Alternative7. The Rise of Sectarian PolemicsConclusionReferences