Copts and the Security State : Violence, Coercion, and Sectarianism in Contemporary Egypt


Copts and the Security State : Violence, Coercion, and Sectarianism in Contemporary Egypt

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Copts and the Security State combines political, anthropological, and social history to analyze the practices of the Egyptian state and the political acts of the Egyptian Coptic minority. Laure Guirguis considers how the state, through its subjugation of Coptic citizens, reproduces a political order based on religious identity and difference. The leadership of the Coptic Church, in turn, has taken more political stances, thus foreclosing opportunities for secularization or common ground. In each instance, the underlying logics of authoritarianism and sectarianism articulate a fear of the Other, and, as Guirguis argues, are ultimately put to use to justify the expanding Egyptian security state.

In outlining the development of the security state, Guirguis focuses on state discourses and practices, with particular emphasis on the period of Hosni Mubarak's rule, and shows the transformation of the Orthodox Coptic Church under the leadership of Pope Chenouda III. She also considers what could be done to counter the growing tensions and violence in Egypt. The 2011 Egyptian uprising constitutes the most radical recent attempt to subvert the predominant order. Still, the revolutionary discourses and practices have not yet brought forward a new system to counter the sectarian rhetoric, and the ongoing counter-revolution continues to repress political dissent.


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Details

Author(s)
Laure Guirguis
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
Publication date
30 Nov 2016
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Publication City/Country
Palo Alto, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Translation
ISBN10
1503600785
ISBN13
9781503600782
Bestsellers rank
1,872,170