Can We Speak of a "Coptic Question" in Egypt?

Author: Azmi Bishara

Publisher/Publication: Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies


This article addresses the place of the Coptic community in Egyptian politics and in Egyptian society throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, as well as the early twenty-first century. Its aim is to shine a light on the factors and the issues that impact and give rise to the Coptic Question and its importance. In order to focus on the Coptic issue, emphasis is given to matters of Egyptian national identity, the treatment of Copts as a minority, as well as the relationship with Sunni Muslim practitioners in the country.