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dc.contributor.advisor Schaefer, John
dc.contributor.advisor Sabea, Hanan
dc.contributor.advisor Shenoda, Anthony Dowell, Anna
dc.creator Dowell, Anna 2012-05-29T13:01:40Z 2012-11-27T16:00:05Z 2012 Spring 2012-05-29T13:01:40Z
dc.description.abstract In the wake of the Egyptian January 25, 2011 popular uprisings that deposed Hosni Mubarak from the presidency, youth and leaders from Kanisset Kasr el Dobara (KDEC) in Tahrir Square embarked on new and unpredictable political projects and activisms. This ethnographic study is an engagement with these new revolutionary negotiations on the part of the largest Protestant congregation in the Middle East. Using participant observation, focus groups, and interviews this research seeks to elucidate the ways that youth and leaders utilized institutionalized discourse, religious imagery, and relational networks in order to carve out a place in the Egyptian public sphere regarding public religion, national belonging, and the ideal citizen. Broadly this research seeks to understand how Evangelical Egyptians at KDEC navigated their colonial heritage and transnational character even as their leadership sought to ground the congregation in the Egyptian nation-state and in the emerging post-revolutionary political scene. I argue that these negotiations were built upon powerful paradoxes concerning liberal politics, secularism, and private versus public religion, which often implicated Evangelicals in the same questions being raised more broadly in the Egyptian political sphere concerning Islamist politics and religious minorities. These negotiations also serve as a significant departure from the political posture and intervention of the much larger Coptic Orthodox establishment in Egypt. This project contributes to literature on the formation of religious subjectivity and political imaginaries, the nexus between Protestantism and modernity, as well as the role and future of public religions, especially as these topics are being pursued in the anthropology of Christianity. en
dc.format.medium theses en
dc.language.iso en en
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dc.subject Revolutions en
dc.subject Egypt en
dc.subject Cairo en
dc.subject Demonstrations en
dc.subject Political participation en
dc.subject Politics and government en
dc.subject Church and state en
dc.subject Religion and state en
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.subject.lcsh Coptic Church -- History.
dc.subject.lcsh Coptic Church -- Political activity.
dc.subject.lcsh Religious minorities -- Political activity -- Egypt.
dc.subject.lcsh Copts -- Political activity -- Egypt.
dc.title The church in the square: negotiations of religion and revolution at an evangelical church in Cairo, Egypt en
dc.type Text en
dc.subject.discipline Anthropology en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology en
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en

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    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
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