Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt : The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality
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.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 160.02 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 625.95g
- 04 Dec 2003
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
... refreshingly different from studies written by partisan Christian researchers ... provides a penetrating and colourful account of how the revival in the Coptic Church happened ... an inspiring story that makes an enjoyable, as well as an informative, book. * Church Times * What makes this book so readable is the fascinating anecdotal and firsthand material based on Hasan's fieldwork ... With this volume, Hasan offers a detailed, and valuable, study of at least part of the modern Coptic ethos. * Sobornost * This is an impressive attempt to analyse relations between Copts and Muslims in modern Egypt and the author's personal probity and sincerity are evident throughout ... This is a challenging book and a necessary read for anyone who wishes to understand today's Coptic Church within the framework of Egyptian national life. The author has presented her material skillfully in order to support her thesis. * The Glastonbury Review *
About S. S. Hasan
S.S. Hasan is an independent scholar and the author of Enemy in the Promised Land. She has reported on Israel and Egypt for The New York Times. A graduate of Harvard University, she was later an Associate of Harvard's Center of Middle Eastern Studies, where she completed the writing of this book.