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CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT: LIVING AS A MINORITY

by Christl Dabu

Coptic Cairo church

In some unguarded moments during my stay in Egypt last year, I sensed hints of tension between Muslims and Coptic Christians that seemed, at times, to be cautiously bottled up. In Cairo, a Coptic woman I encountered on the way to a church meeting had asked me what my religion was and had told me "Good for you" after she found out I was a Christian. Another time, as a Coptic friend led the way through Islamic Cairo’s dusty, narrow paths lined with medieval mosques, trucks hauling Egyptian cotton and street vendors hawking anything from fabrics to shishas, a belligerent male voice unleashed rapid-fire Arabic from the loud speakers. …
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