A Christian appeal to Islam

A Coptic leader invokes the Qur’an

After years of enduring harassment and violence, Egypt’s Christians, the Copts, have seen their situation improve in recent months. The media have become more friendly to Christianity, and plans are being made to purge school textbooks of their hate messages. Certain newspapers have begun to publish articles that try to integrate Christians and their heritage into the Egyptian social and cultural fabric. Muslim religious and political leaders have been visible at Coptic events, attending groundbreaking ceremonies for new churches and the funerals of victims of violence against Christians. The Coptic Church, one of the Oriental Orthodox Churches which rejected the christological decisions of the Council of Chalcedon in the fifth century, comprises 10 percent of the population.

 

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