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Challenges of Survival: The Worship Life of Egypt’s Coptic Christians and its Continuity to the Modern Era
This course will explore the life of the Coptic community under various rulers. In particular, the course will explore how the Coptic Church functioned as a worshiping community despite the various attempts throughout history to curtail its freedom of assembly and worship. This will be accomplished mainly through the reading of primary sources in translation. The course will conclude with an exploration of the current situation of the Coptic Church after the Arab Spring and the increase in Islamic fundamentalism, particularly as these broader political issues impact the Coptic Church’s worship tradition.
Weekly required reading, Class attendance, Final paper