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Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Egypt
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Coptic Christians are Egypt's largest religious minority. Today, the exact number of Copts is unknown, with estimates ranging from six to ten million. Most Copts follow the Coptic Orthodox faith, although a small number identify with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. Because of their visible status, a discussion of sectarianism and gender in Egypt is ultimately a discussion of Coptic women. Within this context, it should be noted that Coptic women have historically lived “doubly marginal…

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Armanios, Febe, “Sectarianism and Confessionalism: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0143a>
First published online: 2009

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