The Santa-tisation of Coptic Orthodox Christmas in Egypt

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Egypt is a pluralist society, inhabited by a Sunni Muslim majority and several minority populations, including various Coptic Christian denominations. In a society where religion is deeply rooted in identity politics, recognition by the majority and the community as visible members of the nation is fundamental to understanding and forming identities. Since his investiture in 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made calls for the eradication of religious extremism, seized charities with suspect funding, and lectured religious leaders on moderating doctrine and civic affairs. Every year, Po…

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