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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Morrill Hall, 404
The Copts of Egypt pride themselves of their long Egyptian heritage that reaches back to the time of the pharaohs. Being the original inhabitants of the land, their community is tightly woven into the social, cultural and ethnic fabric of the Egyptian nation. Staunchly patriotic they prioritize the interest of the country before their own religious communal concerns. As a result of this attitude, their position within Egyptian society takes on various levels of ambivalence. At once victims of incidences of sectarian strife and symbols of the nations heritage, the welfare and plight of their community often serve as a weather-vane of religious and political freedom and suppression in Egypt. This presentation will focus on incidences of Coptic incongruity as Egyptian citizens during the post Arab Spring era (2012-2017).
Nelly van Doorn is a Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University