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Christians versus Muslims in modern Egypt : the century-long struggle for Coptic equality / S.S. Hasan.

By: Hassan, Sana.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003Description: xvi, 320 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0195138686 (alk. paper); 9780195138689 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Coptic Church -- Egypt -- History -- 20th century | Egypt -- Church history -- 20th century | Egypt -- Politics and government -- 1970-1981 | Christianity and other religions -- Islam | Islam -- Relations -- Christianity
Contents:
Introduction. pt. 1. The historical background. Prologue : The "true Egyptians" -- When Egypt was Christian -- The dawn of a new era -- The vanished dream -- pt. 2. The Sunday School movement. Rebels and saints : the middle class and church reform -- Roots and branches : Nāzir Jāyid versus Saad Aziz -- The warring founding fathers : Bishop Shenuda, Bishop Samuel, and Abbot Matthew the Poor -- pt. 3. The church as political spokesman. Dealing with the Muslim State : Pope Shenuda -- pt. 4. The church as socioeconomic entrepreneur. Centralizing the church administration -- Ḥaraka wa Barakah : Arsanios, a model Bishop -- The recruitment of bishops -- pt. 5. The church as cultural agent. Culture and hegemony : "Islam is the solution" -- "The glorious and the sacred" : Bishop Moses and the socialization of the young -- pt. 6. The politics of identity. Coptic cultural nationalism -- The church as battleground -- The church as amphitheater -- pt. 7. Three questions for the twenty-first century. Toward a more democratic church? -- Toward the empowerment of women? -- Conclusion : Toward a new basis for national equality?
Review: "Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt is the first study of Christian identity politics in contemporary Egypt. S.S. Hasan begins by looking at how the Coptic generation of the 1940s and 1950s remembered, recovered, and imagined the ancient history of Christianity in Egypt in order to weld the Copts into a unified nation, resistant to the growing encroachments of Islam. She argues that this interpretation of history, in which Egyptian martyrs figure prominently, made possible the rebirth of the Coptic church and community - in much the same way as the preservation of Hebrew and the historical memory of Jewish tribulations served the purpose of national reconstruction of the state of Israel."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [291]-302 and index.

Introduction. pt. 1. The historical background. Prologue : The "true Egyptians" -- When Egypt was Christian -- The dawn of a new era -- The vanished dream -- pt. 2. The Sunday School movement. Rebels and saints : the middle class and church reform -- Roots and branches : Nāzir Jāyid versus Saad Aziz -- The warring founding fathers : Bishop Shenuda, Bishop Samuel, and Abbot Matthew the Poor -- pt. 3. The church as political spokesman. Dealing with the Muslim State : Pope Shenuda -- pt. 4. The church as socioeconomic entrepreneur. Centralizing the church administration -- Ḥaraka wa Barakah : Arsanios, a model Bishop -- The recruitment of bishops -- pt. 5. The church as cultural agent. Culture and hegemony : "Islam is the solution" -- "The glorious and the sacred" : Bishop Moses and the socialization of the young -- pt. 6. The politics of identity. Coptic cultural nationalism -- The church as battleground -- The church as amphitheater -- pt. 7. Three questions for the twenty-first century. Toward a more democratic church? -- Toward the empowerment of women? -- Conclusion : Toward a new basis for national equality?

"Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt is the first study of Christian identity politics in contemporary Egypt. S.S. Hasan begins by looking at how the Coptic generation of the 1940s and 1950s remembered, recovered, and imagined the ancient history of Christianity in Egypt in order to weld the Copts into a unified nation, resistant to the growing encroachments of Islam. She argues that this interpretation of history, in which Egyptian martyrs figure prominently, made possible the rebirth of the Coptic church and community - in much the same way as the preservation of Hebrew and the historical memory of Jewish tribulations served the purpose of national reconstruction of the state of Israel."--Jacket.

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