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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 Politics of Backroom Vendettas

The Politics of Backroom Vendettas

The State Security Investigations Apparatus versus the Coptic Church Leadership

(p.83) 4 The Politics of Backroom Vendettas
Copts at the Crossroads

Mariz Tadros

American University in Cairo Press

Continuing the discussion of Church–state–citizen relations into the late-2000s, this chapter looks at the power struggles and rising tensions between the Church leadership and the state and the SSI. With sectarian attacks increasing, it discusses state security attempts to contain Pope Shenouda III, his dwindling bargaining power, and his return to methods of dissent and protest that employed in the 1970s. It also discusses resistance among Coptic civil actors.

Keywords:   Church–state–citizen relations, Pope Shenouda III, State security, Power struggles, Resistance, Civil actors

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