Copts and the Security State Hardback

Violence, Coercion, and Sectarianism in Contemporary Egypt

by Laure Guirguis;

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Copts and the Security State

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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 Husni 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.

Copts and the Security State by Laure Guirguis was published by Stanford University Press in January 2017. The ISBN for Copts and the Security State is 9780804798907.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (January 2017)
Number of Pages320
Thickness19 mm
Height5830 mm
Width3895 mm
Product Code4451049
Page last updated 21st June 2018
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