Egypt Church & Jan. Revolution Attitudes & Transformations

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Mamdouh Almuneir

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The advent of the Egyptian January Revolution in 2011 marked a new era for the Church and Copts in Egypt. Pope Shenouda III remained loyal to former President Hosni Mubarak and his regime until the latter was deposed by the revolutionaries at Tahrir Square on January 18, 2011 – but by a decision of the military junta at the time. In fact, the calls of Pope Shenouda and church leaders upon demonstrators did not succeed in stopping the revolutionary tide at the time.

This report will monitor the main features of the church’s relationship with the January revolution until the military coup on July 3, 2013, and the conflicts among key actors – the regime, the Church, the Copts – in light of the new reality that imposed itself on everyone in January 2011.

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