Christians in Egypt: Strategies and Survival by Andrea B. Rugh

By Andrea B. Rugh

Christians within the heart East have come lower than expanding strain lately with the increase of radical Islam. In Egypt, the big Coptic Christian group has typically performed a major political and old function. This ebook examines Egyptian Christians' responses to sectarian pressures in either nationwide and native contexts.

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The general attitude among these families was that girls learned more that was useful to them from their mothers. By the mid-1970s, parents were increasingly sending both boys and girls to the first few years of schooling and then withdrawing them as incidental expenditures for, among other costs, private tutoring increased or major exams approached at the end of the primary level that required added expense and commitment. Clearly, however, economic factors alone were not a determining factor.

Children picked through the scraps for shreds of paper and wood to fuel their mothers’ baking ovens. It was undeniably an orderly system and one that might easily have lent itself to efficient garbage collection if it had been available. From morning until evening, Bulaq hummed in a steady cacophony of human and animal sounds. But at night, it became a ghost town with shutters drawn and only the occasional light of a kerosene lamp or a single light bulb escaping through drawn shutters. Bulaq was a family quarter where men and women retired early after a day of work.

Abu-Lughod says that residence patterns were also influenced by region of origin. This meant that rural migrants settled in Cairo at the ends of transport lines to their villages: Lower Egyptians near bus terminals connecting with the Delta in the northern part of Cairo and Upper Egyptians in southern areas of the city near train stations linking to Upper Egypt. This distinction, however, was not as clear for Bulaq residents, since transport to both northern and southern destinations could be found at the main train station only blocks away from Bulaq.

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