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Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt1218–1250$
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Kurt J. Werthmuller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163456

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.001.0001

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Approaching Non-Muslim Identities in Islamic History

Approaching Non-Muslim Identities in Islamic History

(p.9) 1 Approaching Non-Muslim Identities in Islamic History
Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt

Kurt J. Werthmuller

American University in Cairo Press

The theoretical and historiographical study of non-Muslims in Islamic history is one of the main approaches this book takes. During the Islamic period, non-Muslims were not exactly “on the fringes” of the Egyptian society; they were the wielders of politics and society and clearly in Cohen's terms, they were “incongruent and incommensurate.” In addition, reference made in the historical literature to the fate of non-Muslims throughout medieval Islam is presented here. Included as well is the writing which argued that dhimmi communities thrived during the making of the Islamic Middle Period “Golden Age” for non-Muslims. Furthermore, central to the presentation of this study is the assumption that answers the questions demonstrated under the Ayyubid era.

Keywords:   theoretical study, historiographical study, non-Muslims, Islamic, Egyptian

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