Sectarian Conflict in Egypt

Sectarian Conflict in Egypt

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In light of the Egyptian uprising in early 2011, understanding the dynamics that are shaping Egyptian politics and society is more crucial than ever as Egypt seeks to re-define itself after the Mubarak era. One of the most controversial debates concerns the place of religion in Egypta€™s political future. This book examines the escalation in religious violence in Egypt since 2005 and the public discourses behind it, revealing some of the complex negotiations that lie behind contestations of citizenship, Muslim-Christian relations and national unity. Focusing on Egypta€™s largest religious minority group, the Coptic Orthodox Christians, this book explores how national, ethnic and religious expressions of identity are interwoven in the narratives and usage of the press and Internet. In doing so it offers insights into some of Egypta€™s contemporary social and political challenges, and recognises the ways that media are involved in constructing and reflecting formations of identity politics. The author examines in depth the processes through which identity and belonging are negotiated via media discourses within the wider framework of changing political realities in Egypt. Using a combination of methodological approaches - including comprehensive surveys and content analysis - the research offers a fresh perspective on the politics of identity in Egypt.After the initial Arab invasion of Egypt in 639 AD, Egypt was gradually transformed from a majority Christian to a majority Muslim country. ... with the Arab rulers began to learn Arabic, which became the official language of Egypt in the eighth century (Tagher, 1998: 85). ... Although it is not agreed how long this displacement took, it is generally believed to have ... There are further denominations such as Episcopal, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox, which do not normally use theanbsp;...

Title:Sectarian Conflict in Egypt
Author:Elizabeth Iskander
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-05-31


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