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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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The Patriarch–President Pact and the People in Between

The Patriarch–President Pact and the People in Between

(p.61) 3 The Patriarch–President Pact and the People in Between
Copts at the Crossroads

Mariz Tadros

American University in Cairo Press

The focus of this chapter is the Church–state–citizen relations from the 1950s to 2004, looking at how the Church leadership emerged as the mediator between Coptic citizenry and the state. It argues that the diversification of centers of power has complicated this pact and made it both more ambiguous. This chapter also addresses the marginalization of Copts in civil and political society, starting with Nasser’s policies of centralization, and the Islamization of political space from the 1970s.

Keywords:   Church–state–citizen relations, Church leadership, Centers of power, Marginalization, Civil and political society, Islamization, Centralization

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