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Egypt’s Coptic minority continues to face violence post-Tahrir

Elgawly, Marina (2016) Egypt’s Coptic minority continues to face violence post-Tahrir. Middle East Centre Blog (16 Dec 2016). Website.

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It was not so long ago that the eyes of the world were transfixed on Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s revolutionary movement, and its poignant calls for “peace, bread and social justice”. The recent bombing of a Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, however, serves as a reminder that as united as the social platform seemed, it was unable to transcend the time and space of the Square. The moral economy of the January 25 Revolution failed to strike lasting roots in Egyptian society. As the revolution progressed, global media was quick to capitalise on brief moments of interreligious unity: Coptic Christian protestors linking hands to form a human barricade around their Muslim compatriots as they began Friday midday prayers; Muslims joining Christians in prayer for the Coptic youth killed in army clashes; imams and priests protesting together, arm-in-arm; and crowds chanting “Christian, Muslim, one hand!” But as Egypt struggles with socio-political chaos in the post-Tahrir era, a flood of religious tension and violence continues to make itself evident.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 08:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 20:44

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