Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality

Author: S.S. Hasan

Publisher/Publication: Oxford University Press

DOI/ISBN: 01951386861

The writer discusses the history of the Egyptian Christian Copts throughtout the 20th century, during a period that they formed their own identity, while at the same time the process of their assimiliation in the state building in Egypt took place. The book focuses on the period that begun with the consecration of Pope Shenuda in 1971 and draws on extensive interviews with members of the clergy, presenting findings about their way of life. This interpretation of their course during this period where the Church had to manage its relations with the government, while major changes occurred in Egypt, altered both the community's and the clergy's place inside the society, their welfare along with their ability to leave their footprint in the country.