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dc.contributor.advisor Koehler ‎, Kevin El Shamy, Alaa 2017-03-12T07:09:56Z 2017-03-12T22:00:11Z Spring 2017 en_US 2017-03-12
dc.description.abstract The outbreak of the Arab Spring and the subsequent overthrow of Mubarak in 2011 gave ‎way to the rise of Islamists to power. The Muslim Brotherhood’s regime was perceived ‎by the Coptic community, in particular, as a real threat to Copts’ collective identities. In ‎response, ordinary Christians started to organize around religion as well as the religious ‎group to which they belong in order to manage perceived as well as real fears and ‎uncertainties prevailing at the time. This has eventually incited new patterns of ‎communal political activism among Christians, who seemingly embarked on “street ‎politics” rather than “electoral politics” in resisting the incumbent, which was ‎noticeably seen in the massive protests of June 30th, 2013. This thesis is an engagement with the underlying causes and mechanisms that were ‎motivating collective action of Copts during the Brotherhood’s rule. Broadly, it seeks to ‎establish a linkage between religion and politics. Utilizing a social identity theory and a ‎mixed-method consisting of both qualitative and quantitative indicators, I argue that ‎communal behavior of Copts was basically shaped by growing religious fears shared by ‎Coptic constituencies at the time while the Islamists were in office. Dynamics which ‎were transforming religious worries into real action are further discussed. The current ‎thesis contributes to literature on transition through its emphasis on the causes and ‎mechanisms that construct and reconstruct identities of “subaltern” religious minorities ‎‎(i.e., Egypt’s Copts) during times of sociopolitical transformation. ‎ en_US
dc.format.extent 136 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Copts en_US
dc.subject Religious Minorities en_US
dc.subject Muslim Brotherhood en_US
dc.subject Religious Identity en_US
dc.subject Political Activism en_US
dc.subject Islamists en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title The return of the sacred: Collective action of Copts during Muslim Brotherhood rule en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Political Science en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Political Science en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Soltan, Gamal
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sunday, James

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