Nationalism and Institutionalized Sectarianism in Egypt

Author: Emman el Badaway

Publisher/Publication: The Muslim World

DOI/ISBN: 10.1111/muwo.12130

This article examines the origins of current sectarianism in Egypt with regards to the Coptic community. As such, emphasis is attributed to education, political agendas and the media. The author characterizes the latter as institutions which propagate rather than diffuse sectarianism and often lead to strong eruptions of violence to the detriment of the marginalized members of Egyptian society. Moreover, the author defines the issue at hand in Egyptian society refusing to aknowledge that there is a problem in favour of maintaining an image of national cohesion and unity.