To Die is Gain: Singing a Heavenly Citizenship among Egypt's Coptic Christians

Author: Carolyn M. Ramzy

Publisher/Publication: Ethnos

Volume/Issue: 80(5)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/00141844.2014.943260

This article’s objective is to examine the theme of martyrdom in the popular well-known and Coptic religious song genre called as tara¯tı¯l. It distinguishes between suffering or dying for one’s faith with dying for one’s nation. The article analyses the impact of the religious songs of death as tools for both social purposes in addition to civil engagement and disengagement. At the same time, the emphasis is placed on this particular dichotomy which occurs at the same time with particularly interesting effects.