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An Investigation into the Rifts Between Muslims and Christians in Egypt


244 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $50.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781908531247

Rights: US & CA

Gilgamesh Publishing (Jul 2017)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Abdel Latif El-Menawy met and interviewed late Pope Shnouda, the third Patriarch of Egypt many times during his rule. Throughout his career in journalism he was constantly in touch with leaders of the Coptic Society in Egypt. He had unparalleled access to developments of the various crises unravelling in the streets of Egypt as a result to confrontation between religion and politics. Coptic Cairo explains: how Christianity became deeply rooted in Egypt to the extent that Islam was never able to overcome, leading to an uneasy relationship between the two faiths; the main features of the Coptic Church that differ from its Western sister; and how certain cases of conversion from one religion to the other captured the attention of the whole world because of society's reaction to them. It will give accounts, never published before, of direct confrontations between Late Pope Shnouda and both Presidents Late Anwar Sadat and former President Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Latif also reveals the role the Coptic Church has played in the recent uprising in Egypt

Author Biography

Abdel-Latif El-Menawy's last public position was as of Head of the News at the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, the Egyptian equivalent of the BBC, overseeing all news content. He also established Radio Misr (Radio Egypt) the first thematic radio station of its kind mixing news with contemporary music which would prove to be one of the most popular radio stations in Egypt. He is the author of Tahrir: The Last 18 Days of Mubarak.