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Copts at the Crossroads: The Challenges of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egyptby Mariz Tadros
Synopses & Reviews
In the light of the escalation of sectarian tensions during and after Mubarak's reign, the predicament of the Arab world's largest religious minority, the Copts, has come to the forefront. This book poses such questions as why there has been a mass exodus of Copts from Egypt, and how this relates to other religious minorities in the Arab region; why it is that sectarian violence increased during and after the Egyptian revolution, which epitomized the highest degree of national unity since 1919; and how the new configuration of power has influenced the extent to which a vision of a political order is being based on the principles of inclusive democracy.
The book examines the relations among the state, the church, Coptic citizenry, and civil and political societies against the backdrop of the increasing diversification of actors, the change of political leadership in the country, and the transformations occurring in the region. An informative historical background is provided, and new fieldwork and statistical data inform a thoughtful exploration of what it takes to build an inclusive democracy in post-Mubarak Egypt.
About the Author
Mariz Tadros is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She was formerly a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. Her most recent publication is The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?
Table of Contents
A future of crescent without cross?
Copts of Egypt
Overview of sectarian incidents (2008-2011)
The Patriarch-President Pact and the people in between
The politics of backstage vendettas: the State Security Investigations Apparatus vs. the Coptic Church leadership
Mitigation, management and resolution of sectarianism under Mubarak
Against all odds: The Copts in the 25th of January revolution
The beginning of the end of the Tahrir spirit
Coptic protest and Copts in protest
Egypt's Bloody Sunday and its ripple effects
The Copts' Islamist experience
Winning for God: sectarianism in the parliamentary and presidential elections
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