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Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity

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Samuel Tadros provides a clear understanding of Copts—the native Egyptian Christians—and their crisis of modernity in conjunction with the overall developments in Egypt as it faced its own struggles with modernity. He argues that the modern plight of Copts is inseparable from the crisis of modernity and the answers developed to address that crisis by the Egyptian state and ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Hoover Institution Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Steve Cran
Sep 27, 2013 Steve Cran rated it it was amazing
Mother Land lost gives the reader a broad yet very through history of both Egypt
and that of the Coptic Christians who dwell there . The histories appear to be
seperate yet intertwine at certain points.

Coptic history has been filled with sacrifice and martyrdom . Owing to
oppression from first the Catholic Church and then later Islamic fundamentalism
, the Copts have faced a long upward struggle for equality .

Christianity was brought to the city of Alexandria by the apostle Mark. he
stayed with
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N.L.B. Horton
Dec 22, 2013 N.L.B. Horton rated it it was amazing
I am a geek. I love Middle Eastern and religious history. Because of my obscure interests, I admit this book isn't for everyone.

I loved it. The Copts are a (some say heretical) subset of Christianity; an ancient branch of historic significance and rich history. A large part of the chaos in Egypt, as in most of the Middle East, is anchored in religious conflict. So understanding how opposing forces interact is the foundation of understanding the complexities of today's Middle East.

Tadros attempts
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