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By S. S. Hasan

The Copts of Egypt are the biggest Christian minority within the heart East. lately they've got frequently figured within the information as sufferers of bloody assaults via Islamic militants.
Christians as opposed to Muslims in sleek Egypt is the 1st learn of Christian id politics in modern Egypt. S.S. Hasan starts via how the Coptic iteration of the Forties and Fifties remembered, recovered, and imagined the traditional historical past of Christianity in Egypt in an effort to weld the Copts right into a unified state, immune to the starting to be encroachments of Islam. She argues that this interpretation of heritage, during which Egyptian martyrs determine prominently, made attainable the rebirth of the Coptic church and community-in a lot a similar approach because the maintenance of Hebrew and the old reminiscence of Jewish tribulations served the aim of nationwide reconstruction of the kingdom of Israel.
The bulk of the publication makes a speciality of the interval starting with the consecration of Pope Shenuda in 1971. Drawing on broad interviews with church leaders, clergy, and others Hasan reveals that in this era the obligations of the church for the welfare of the Coptic neighborhood grew immeasurably. Church leaders arrogated to themselves the specific correct to the political illustration in their group and reconceived their function from the slender care of souls to the promoting of financial and cultural efflorescence of the full Coptic neighborhood. The leaders of this revival, she exhibits, have nurtured a powerful and special spiritual tradition with a feeling of communal delight and id in an atmosphere during which they have been more and more uncovered to discrimination and outright hostility.

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