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Christians Versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality (S S Hasan) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2003) 9780195138689
Christians Versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality (S S Hasan) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2003) 9780195138689
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Title: Christians Versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality

Author: Hasan, S S

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195138689

Volumes: 1; Pages: 336

List Price in Cloth: $70.00 Our price: $56.99

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The Copts of Egypt are the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. In recent years they have often been victims of persecution and violence at the hands of the Muslim majority. This volume is the first full study of Coptic Christians in contemporary Egypt. Hasan begins by looking at how the Coptic generation of the 1940s and 1950s remembered, recovered, and invented the ancient history of Christianity in Egypt in order to weld the Copts into a unified nation. The book then focuses on the period beginning with the consecration of Pope Shenuda in 1971. During this revival period the church took over much of the responsibility for the welfare of the Coptic community. The leaders of the revival, she shows, have nurtured a potent and distinctive religious culture with a sense of communal pride and identity despite its hostile surrounding environment."Hasan provides the best possible introduction to the experience of religious minorities in the contemporary Arab world: an insightful and illuminating analysis of the internal politics of the Coptic community in Egypt. The reconstruction of Coptic identity over the last half century, in response to growing Islamic hostility, makes a fascinating story."--Michael Walzer, Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study"Hasan once again explores the complexities of religion and modernity, this time through a thorough and provocative examination of the twentieth century reform movement within the Egyptian Coptic Church. In simultaneously locating the impulse to reform in an internal dynamic within Coptic history and society and in the wider social change in the largely Muslim society of Egypt, Hasan provides a comprehensive and accessible history of the modern Coptic Church and its role in Egyptian society. In that historical interpretation, Hasan embeds a subtle and intriguing contribution to the larger, more general literature on religion in the modern world--a literature that has too long ignored the experience of the Christian communities of the Middle East. This book deserves a wide audience, not only among readers who want to understand modern Egypt but those who want to comprehend the many ways in which religious beliefs and institutions respond to modernity."--Lisa Anderson, Columbia University
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