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"Copts in Context: Embodying Egypt and the Other?," by Nelly van Doorn, CMSP Seminar Series

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

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Near Eastern Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Cornell, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Eric Tagliacozzo


Nelly van Doorn

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Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religion, Wake Forest University

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