Copts and the Egyptian Revolution: Christian Identity in the Public Sphere
A relatively small number of Copts appear to have participated in the first week of the Egyptian uprising in January 2011. Christians did participate in the revolution however, despite warnings from the Coptic Pope Shenouda to avoid Tahrir Square.1 Most of the Copts who chose to join the action in the streets did so as Egyptians without openly displaying their Christian identity. Some of those present in the square did proclaim their Christian identity, however, using symbols and engaging in collective prayers and religious chants. The unity of the two religions in Tahrir Square became a frequent topic in the press and on the Internet, fueling hopes that a new Egypt was in the process of being born.
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