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Copts at the CrossroadsThe Challenges of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egypt$
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Mariz Tadros

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165917

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165917.001.0001

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Winning for God: Sectarianism in the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections

Winning for God: Sectarianism in the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections

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(p.219) 11 Winning for God: Sectarianism in the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections
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Copts at the Crossroads
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Mariz Tadros

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165917.003.0012

This chapter analyses the first two elections post-Mubarak, and argues that they were displays of deep sectarianism, rather than milestones in the transition from authoritarianism to democracy. The sectarian nature of these elections exacerbated communalization and jeopardized the prospects of building an inclusive political order and social cohesion. This chapter examines the framing of messages around religion, rather than political or party agendas, and the use of religious symbols, spaces, and discourse.

Keywords:   Elections, Sectarianism, Party agendas, Framing, Religious symbols

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