The Copts: From an ethnic minority to a religious majority

Author: Nabil A Malek

Publisher/Publication: Acts of the Fifth International Congress of Coptic Studies

Volume/Issue: 2

This article attempts to articulate the reasons behind the marginilazition of Copts in Egyptian society throughout the centuries, as well as their dwindling numbers. The main argument besides emigration is that Copts converted to Islam or hid their religious affiliation in order to integrate into society and to shield themselves from Sunni radicals. The other side of the argument posits that the conversion was not merely a choice but was forced upon them in order to survive or be able to make a safe living against religious discrimination.