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Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order) di [Tadros, Samuel]
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In Motherland Lost, Samuel Tadros provides a clear understanding of the 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 against the dominating narratives that have up to now shaped our understanding of the Coptic predicament--their eternal persecution, from the Roman and Byzantine emperors to the rule of Islam, and the National Unity discourse--asserting rather that it is due to the crisis of modernity.

Linking the Egyptian and Coptic stories, the book argues that the plight of Copts today is inseparable from the crisis of modernity and the answers developed to address that crisis by the Egyptian state and intellectuals, as well as by the Coptic Church and laypeople. The author asserts that the answers developed by Egyptian intellectuals and state modernizers to the challenge modernity poses revolved around the problem of Islam. The Copts, then, although affected, like their fellow Egyptians, by the challenge of modernity, were faced with a separate crisis: a specific challenge to their ancient church and the need for a new orientation and revival to be able to deal with modernity and its discontents. Tadros concludes that the prospects for Copts in Egypt appear bleak and are leading to a massive Coptic exodus from Egypt.

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  • Editore: Hoover Institution Press; 1 edizione (22 luglio 2013)
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5.0 su 5 stelle excellent analysis, relevant history, enjoyable read 7 giugno 2014
Di Coptic Joe - Pubblicato su
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I had hard time putting this book down. The books gives an excellent insight on the status of the Copts today and how it came to be shaped that way. It also gives a great insight on the modern history of Egypt and it's implication on the Egypt of today. The book could not be more relevant to the struggles and prospects of our generation. Few things could have deserved more analysis. The coverage of the era of the Sunday school movement and 20th century pioneers of the coptic church was very interesting and insightful but could have been more details. Habib Girgis is identified as a key person, but we hear little about him and his views. Fr. Bishoy Kamel is mentioned briefly, while he may have had a huge impact in Alexandria worth discussing more. The impact of mission work was mentioned, to the authors credit; it may be too early to speak of it as history, but it is conceivable that the mission movement of past 20 years could end up be the natural heir to the sunday school movement of the 1900s shaping the future of the Coptic Church in next decades. Of course the book was written during the rule of the muslim brotherhood and ended on a very dark note. It would be interesting to see how the author would have ended the book if it was written a year later and what lesson from the past could be relevant to the Copts of today.
5.0 su 5 stelle Compelling and powerful 24 settembre 2013
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Beautifully written, masterful use of imagery in the writing which resulted in a detailed yet structured painting of the interwoven aspects of Coptic and Egyptian history. The author always gives the broader Egyptian context before he delves deeper into the Coptic reaction to the challenges of the times in question. While giving all the necessary information to allow the reader to understand the significance of events and the link between both the Egyptian and the Coptic story, he also succeeds in mentioning details and anecdotes that attest to thorough research and help to bring the people mentioned in the book closer to the reader's mind. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about Egypt and its ancient Coptic community from someone who truly understands the country and the impact its history had on the Coptic church.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Copts Are Important In Egypt 9 novembre 2013
Di James Ellsworth - Pubblicato su
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I have an abiding interest in the earliest Christian communities, preferring the time before the Apostle Paul radically changed the message of Jesus of Nazareth. I had hoped this book would contain more material about early Coptic Christianity. It doesn't address that concern. The focus of this book seems to be on the Coptic community as an important 'player' over almost 2000 years of Egyptian history. What comes through most tellingly is that the Copts didn't just come from somewhere else to 'land' in Egypt: they are descendants of the very same ancient Egyptians who have always been on the ground. At some point, some Egyptians became Coptic Christians and others chose to follow Mohammed's revelation. The book shows that this history has also been one of cultural challenge and marginalization and persecution. Samuel Tadros argues that Egypt can not find a way forward in its modern composition unless it accepts and even welcomes Coptic participation. His is an argument well worth listening to.

For me, this book is only 'okay' because I was looking for more on the Coptic faith. Tadros work comes close to seeming like a 'lament' by a marginalized group. Of course, he appears to be right in all of the concerns he explores. What seems to be lacking is any strategy for Copts to press their claims in modern Egyptian culture.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great book! 9 ottobre 2014
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Excellent work that takes you across centuries of Coptic history with the various cultural and political winds that shaped (and continue to shape) the Coptic community in Egypt and eventually, abroad. A great book not just for readers from all walks to understand the persecuted Copts and their historical plight but also for Copts themselves to know their own rich and complex history.
5.0 su 5 stelle Open your eyes to Egypt 9 febbraio 2014
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I knew next to nothing about the Coptic Church before I read this book. Yet it is a story that goes back to the first century of the Christian Church and intertwines the history of the church as well as the history of Egypt. The author is well acquainted with this history and does an excellent job recording it, right down to the present day. This is a fascinating aspect of Egypt's history and the struggle still goes on.
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