Christians in Egypt: Strategies and Survival

Author: Andrea B. Rugh

Publisher/Publication: Routledge

DOI/ISBN: 9781137566133

An in-depth study of a community under pressure from an anthropological point of view, having the Quarter of Bulaq as a focal point, where Christian Copts resided in significant numbers, following the turbulence in the country. The book focuses in Christian responses to sectarian pressures in both national and local contexts, starting from the period since independence and the relations between church leaders and Egyptian presidents. Afterwards the book examines a community of poor Christians, tracing the origins of their presence, the management of their status in Egypt, the strategies they use and the implications of their choices in a mostly-Muslim quarter of Cairo during the Sadat years.