Christians in Egypt: Strategies and Survival

Christians in Egypt: Strategies and Survival

by Andrea B. Rugh

Hardcover(1st ed. 2016)

$125.99 $139.99 Save 10% Current price is $125.99, Original price is $139.99. You Save 10%.
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, September 24


Christians in the Middle East have come under increasing pressure in recent years with the rise of radical Islam. In Egypt, the large Coptic Christian community has traditionally played an important political and historical role. This book examines Egyptian Christians' responses to sectarian pressures in both national and local contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137568687
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Andrea B. Rugh is Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, USA. She lived in the Middle East for more than 25 years, including six years in Egypt. She has published books on family in Egypt, childrearing in Syria, and political leadership in the UAE.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1. Introduction: Study Questions and the History of Christianity in Egypt
2. The Origins of Bulaq and the Social Welfare Center
3. Christian Migration to Cairo
4. Bulaq Center Members
5. Christian Religious Community
6. Personal Relations in Creating Boundaries
7. Communicating the Messages of Christian Community
8. Dispute Resolution in the Community
9. Social Controls on Marriage
10. Formal Boundaries between Christians and Muslims
11. Everyday Interactions between Christians and Muslims
12. Christian and Muslim Family Organization
13. Resolving Personal Problems
14. Spirit Possession in Christian and Muslim Communities
15. Christian Community in a Muslim Quarter of Cairo
16. Christian Experience with National Politics to the Present
17. Christian Strategies and Survival in Modern Egypt

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Christians in Egypt is unique and essential reading for anyone desiring a deep, multidisciplinary understanding of today's Egypt. Rugh illuminates vital aspects of modern Egyptian society with rare empathy and insight, drawing on a lifetime of intimate engagement with Egyptians. Yet she brings a foreigner's global perspective and objectivity, unsparingly analyzing the complex trends, implications, and choices facing Egyptians and those others who share a stake in Egypt's future stability and prosperity." - Francis J. Ricciardone, US Ambassador (ret.) to Egypt, 2005-2008

"This carefully constructed study is at once an anthropological account of a social service center catering to Christians, and a historical study of the Christian presence in Egypt from the perspective of some of its poorest and socially weakest members. Rugh eloquently outlines the strategies people follow to protect themselves and achieve their goals in a largely Muslim context. Anyone interested in social process in Cairo will profit from this intimate account." - Nicholas Hopkins, American University in Cairo, Egypt

"Andrea Rugh is a particularly gifted scholar and author and research experience in Egypt and the Arab world. Christians in Egypt is a major and unique piece of original scholarship providing an in-depth case study of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt, underscoring the many issues faced by Christians living as minorities in Muslim-majority Egypt, Syria, and Iraq." John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, USA

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews