Building Coptic Civil Society: Christian Groups and the State in Mubarak's Egypt

Author: Paul Rowe

Publisher/Publication: Middle Eastern Studies

Volume/Issue: 45(1)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/00263200802548147

This article’s aim is to examine and to shine a light on the status of the Copts in Mubarak's Egypt and in Egyptian society and politics in general. It analyzes the birth and subsequent rise of the movement of Coptic civil society despite the constraints in place within Egyptian politics as well as through their religious status under Muslim traditions. The explanations for this reside within the internal strength and vibrancy of Coptic institutions themselves and in the non-threatening and moderating influence displayed by Egyptian Coptic civil society.