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By Mariz Tadros

Within the gentle of the escalation of sectarian tensions in the course of and after Mubarak's reign, the main issue of the Arab world's biggest non secular minority, the Copts, has come to the vanguard. This ebook poses such questions as why there was a mass exodus of Copts from Egypt, and the way this pertains to different non secular minorities within the Arab sector; why it truly is that sectarian violence elevated in the course of and after the 2011 Revolution, which epitomized the top measure of nationwide harmony when you consider that 1919; and the way the hot configuration of strength has stimulated the level to which a imaginative and prescient of a political order is being in line with the rules of inclusive democracy. The e-book examines the kin one of the kingdom, the Church, Coptic citizenry, and civil and political societies opposed to the backdrop of the expanding diversification of actors, the swap of political management within the nation, and the modifications happening within the quarter. An informative old heritage is supplied, and new fieldwork and statistical facts tell a considerate exploration of what it takes to construct an inclusive democracy in post-Mubarak Egypt.

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These interviews were highly instructive in revealing the power configurations of actors influencing sectarian matters and how contextual changes are influencing and being influenced by politicized religious differences. Six focus groups were undertaken with Coptic women living in lowincome residential areas in Mu’assasat al-Zakat in Cairo and in urban and rural Minya in May 2011. The purpose of the focus groups was to generate a sense of the pulse of the street from the perspective of characters whose voices have conventionally been ignored in the study of sectarian relations as a consequence of their class, educational background, and gender.

The third category comprises pan-Arab intellectuals who happen to be Copts. Their primary allegiance is to pan-Arabism and they have sought to reconcile both identities by subsuming their Coptic identity to Arab nationalism. Unlike the Sunday School Generation, they were not significantly represented by the Coptic Orthodox Church and their Coptic Christian faith was not a significant identity marker. Examples of this category in the public sphere include Abou Seif Youssef and Ghaly Shukry.

The second question was concerned with growing references to the Islamic marja‘iya (‘reference’) as reflecting Egypt’s identity, and the necessity of recognizing that this view speaks for the majority of the Egyptian population. The third question became very significant in light of the presidential race between Muhammad Morsi and Ahmad Shafiq in 2011, when it was believed that Copts would vote en masse for the non-Islamist candidate (that is, Shafiq). In this particular instance the political weight of the Copts lay not in their numbers but in their ability to mobilize into a single bloc.

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