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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 Beginning of the End of the Tahrir Spirit

The Beginning of the End of the Tahrir Spirit

(p.139) 7 The Beginning of the End of the Tahrir Spirit
Copts at the Crossroads

Mariz Tadros

American University in Cairo Press

The sense of religious pluralism of Tahrir Square faded fast following the 18 days, despite the hope of many that sectarian relations would improve with the removal of Mubarak. This chapter looks at how and why this happened and argues that a hybrid of new and old power configurations were behind the surge in violence against non-Muslims. It points to three factors in particular: the removal of the authoritarian grip allowed the already existing societal fault-lines to open up; SCAF’s state-sponsored religious discrimination; and the Salafization of the management of sectarian violence. It also looks at the church leadership’s stance vis-à-vis the changing power dynamics post January 2011.

Keywords:   Tahrir Square, Power dynamics, Violence against non-Muslims, Societal fault-lines, SCAF, Religious discrimination, Sectarian violence, Salafization

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