Most of the MSM in the USA follow the continuing saga of Christian interaction with followers of Islam in this country. In MENA [Middle East North Africa] treatment of Christian populations in that area often are the subject of MSM reporting. But in one country in particular the Christian Islamic interaction is complicated by both demographics and history–specifically Egypt!
Top row (left to right)
Saint Mary of Egypt • Boutros Boutros-Ghali • Ester Fanous • Saint Maurice
Bottom row (left to right)
Makram Pasha Ebeid • Meriam George • Saint Paul the Hermit and Saint Anthony the Great • Pope Cyril VI
|About 10 to 20 million (estimates vary)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Egypt||estimations range between 5 to 15 million
(see Religion in Egypt)
|Sudan||ca. 0.5 million|
|United States||ca. 0.2 to 1 million|
|Canada||ca. 0.2 million[unreliable source?]|
|Australia||ca. 75,000 (2003)|
|Predominantly: Coptic Orthodox Christianity.
Minorities: Coptic Catholicism; various Protestant minorities
The Copts are the native Egyptian Christians (Coptic: ⲟⲩⲢⲉⲙ̀ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ ̀ⲛ̀Ⲭⲣⲏⲥⲧⲓ̀ⲁⲛⲟⲥ ou.Remenkīmi en.Ekhristianos; Egyptian Arabic: اقباط, IPA: [ɑʔˈbɑːtˤ]), a major ethnoreligious group in Egypt. Christianity was the majority religion in Roman Egypt during the 4th to 6th centuries and until the Muslim conquest and remains the faith of a significant minority population. Their Coptic language is the direct descendant of the Demotic Egyptian spoken in the Roman era, but it has been near-extinct and mostly limited to liturgical use since the 18th century.
Copts in Egypt constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East, as well as the largest religious minority in the region, accounting for an estimated 10% of Egyptian population. Most Copts adhere to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The remaining (around 800,000) are divided between the Coptic Catholic and various Coptic Protestant churches.
- 1 Name
- 2 History
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Persecution and discrimination in Egypt
- 5 Language
- 6 Calendar