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The Coptic Question in the Mubarak Era

Sebastian Elsasser


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. 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 negotiations and debates throughout the twentieth century until the present day. The so-called “Coptic questi ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Copts, Muslim-Christian relations, sectarian conflict, religious revivalism, Mubarak regime, Coptic Orthodox Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199368396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Elsasser, author
Christian-Albrechts-Universitat Kiel