The Politics of Faith: On Faith, Skepticism, and Miracles among Coptic Christians in Egypt

Author: Anthony Shenoda

Publisher/Publication: Ethnos

Volume/Issue: 77(4)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/00141844.2011.609941

This article's main aim is to explore the relationship of the miraculous religious tales in the Coptic Christian community and their past and current status in Egyptian society, with Muslim-Christian sectarian tensions, as well as with their relations with the State. Emphasis is mainly attributed to the social relationships, as well as to the idea and concept of martyrdom and persecution as a prerequisite of Coptic Christian faith which effectively colours and strenghtens the tales within the Coptic community.